Skip to main content

Full text of "Genealogy of the Murray Family"

See other formats


Murray 

Ifmntlg Hiatorg 



Compiled and Published 
by 

Descendants of Jeremiah Hatch Murray 

















DEDICATION 


We dedicate this book to the past and present 
generations of the descendants of Jeremiah Hatch Murray 
and his two good wives, Karen Maria Neilson and Mary 
Ashby, with the request that it be passed on, from 
generation to generation of this line of Murrays for all 
future time. 





1 




Flora Murray Hall 


V 





TABLE OF CONTENTS 


Dedication. V 

Introduction.IX 

Early Murrays. 1 

L 

Jerry Murray Family. 4 

Sarah Peterson Family. 20 

Andrew Rich Murray Family. 29 

William Riley Murray Family. 36 

Elizabeth Snow Family. 54 

Rebecca Snow Family. 56 

Stephen Robert Murray. 77 

Hyrum Smith Murray Family. 78 

Jonathan Moyes Murray Family. 86 

John Murray and Mary Ashby Murray Biographies.118 

John Richard Murray.124 

Thomas Ward Murray Family.125 

Mary Murray Merkley Family. 155 

Samuel Ashby Murray Family.173 

Margaret Murray Harrison Family.,.178 

Jeremiah Hatch Murray Family 212 

Joseph Smith Murray Family.222 

William Ashby Murray Family.238 


VII 
























CAPTAIN JEREMIAH HATCH MURRAY 


Who along with his two wives, Karen Maria Neilson 
and Mary Ashby came with their children to the Ashley 
Valley, to tame the wilderness in order to live their 
religion and raise their families. The sons were taught at 
an early age to till the fertile soil and raise good crops and 
live stock. They built good brick homes for their families. 
They taught the daughters to be good home makers and 
loving dutiful wives and mothers. 


VIII 










INTRODUCTION 

TO 

THE MURRAY FAMILY HISTORY 


The Murray family has been a prominent family in 
the British Empire and a illustrious and widespread family 
in the United States, its members having played important 
roles in the foundation of the Young Republic both in war 
and in peace. Every Murray has just cause to be proud of 
their family history and traditions. 

In the records of England, Scotland and Ireland is found 
the following regarding the origin of the name Murray; 
Murray is amongst the most ancient of any surname in 
Scotland. Some historians say the Murrays derived their 
name from a people called Maravii, who came from 
Germany, and are said to have performed many great 
exploits in Scotland, in favours of King Corebred I against 
the Romans. Others are of opinion that they assumed that 
surname from the country of Murray, where they had 
large possessions in the early times. 

The latter opinion is substantiated in Lower’s 
Patronymica Britannica where it is said that, ‘The 
founders of the clan of Sutherland settled in the 12th 
Century in the province of Murref, Moray or Moravia, 
this area comprises the modern counties of Murray and 
part of Inverness and Banff where the family for several 
generations assumed the name of Murref or De Moravia. 

The name Murray (Murriay, Murry, O’Murray or 
O'Murrey) is derived from The Gaelic-Muireadach, 
meaning a seaman, a mariner, or a Lord. The ancient 
name was also pronounced Murrach and signifies 
“Capable.” 

The Murray Family Motto 
Ditat Fides Servata 
Translation: Faith Kept Enriches 


IX 






Jeremiah Hatch Murray with his wives and families. 


X 










EARLY MURRAYS 


HENRY HELM 

Henry Helm, born about 1697 in Midlam, Bowden 
Kirk, Rexburgh, Scotland. Married Violet Douglas, Nov. 
2, 1722. There were six children bom to them: 

1. Elizabeth Helm, bom July 21, 1723. 

2. William Helm, bom Dec. 29, 1724. 

3. Christian Helm, bom Feb. 19, 1727. 

4. Bessie Helm, born Sept. 16, 1728. 

5. Isabela Helm, bom Dec. 23, 1730. 

6. Violet Helm, born Jan. 27, 1735. 

ANDREW BUCHAN 

Andrew Buchan, born about 1723 in Middleham 
Rexburgh, Scotland. Married Christian Helm Feb. 6, 1762. 
There were four children born to them: 

1. James Buchan, born Jan. 30, 1763. 

2. William Buchan, born Aug. 30, 1764. 

3. Christian Buchan, born June 15, 1766. 

4. John Buchan, born Jan. 29, 1771. 

DAVID MURRAY 

David Murray, bom about 1734 in Drygrange, 
Rexburgh, Scotland. Married Elispath Harvey. There 
were four children bom to them: 

1. Jean Murray, born June 27, 1759. 

2. David Murray, born Oct. 11, 1761. 

3. George Murray, born Dec. 26, 1763. 

4. John Murray, bom April 6, 1766. 

DAVID MURRAY 

David Murray, born Oct. 11, 1761, to Elispath Harvey 
and David Murray. Married Christian Buchan February 7, 
1790. There four children born to them: 

1. Elizabeth E. Murray, born April 10, 1791. 

2. Andrew Murray, bom Jan. 27, 1793. 

3. David Murray, Sept. 9, 1796. 

4. John Murray, bom March 21, 1796. 

ANDREW MURRAY 

Andrew Murray, born Jan. 27, 1793 in Greenwells, 
Melrose, Rexburgh, Scotland, to Christian Buchan and 
David Murray. Married Elizabeth Elliot. There was one 
child born to them: John Murray, bor' June 20,1814. Died 


Nov. 15, 1880. 

Andrew was baptized May 6, 1933, sealed and en¬ 
dowed July 20, 1933. 



John Murray Sarah Bates 


JOHN MURRAY 

John Murray, bom June 20, 1814 in Green Wells, 
Melrose, Rexburgh Scotland, to Elizabeth Elliot and 
Andrew Murray. Married Sarah Bates, Oct. 28, 1833. 
There were eight children born to this union: 

1. Christian Murray, born Aug. 25, 1834. Died May 
15, 1835. 

2. John Murray, bom July 19, 1836. Died 1894. 

3. Edward Murray, born Dec. 23, 1837. Died Dec. 25, 
1837. 

4. Richard Murray, born Dec. 10, 1838. Died March 

18, 1903. * u n 

5. Elizabeth Murray, born . 24, 184,9. Died Jan. 4, 
1905. 

6. Robert Murray, Aug. 15, 1842. Died 1850. 

7. Jeremiah Hatch Murray, born July 11, 1844. Died 
Sept. 27, 1846.'f-iwr* t J J 

8. Joseph Albert Murray, bom Sept. 8, 1846. Died 
Sept. 27, 1846. 

John was baptized July 11, 1844, sealed and endowed 
Nov. 6, 1852. 

JEREMIAH HATCH MURRAY 

Jeremiah Hatch Murray, son of John Murray and 
Sarah Bates, was bom July 11, 1844 in Lucerne Township, 
Monroe, County, Michigan. 



John Murray came from Scotland in 1831 
with the British Army, during the Canadian Border 
trouble. He soon left the British and joined the 
Americans. Sarah Bates came from Ireland, year not 
known. While the family was living in Monroe County, 
Michigan, Jeremiah Hatch, a Patriarch, came to their 
home as a Mormon missionary and converted John and 
Sarah to the Church. When their son was eleven days old, 
they were baptized, the baby blessed and named, Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray. 

The family then started westward, reaching Salt Lake 
City after many stops and hardships, in 1852. Jeremiah was 
a lively, ambitious boy, helping his parents with their 
gardens and crops. On the sixth day of February, 1863, he 
married Karen Marie Nielson, a young convert from 
Denmark. On March 4, 1865 he married Miss Mary Ash¬ 
by, a convert from England. This was a plural marriage. 
He then volunteered to go as a missionary to Muddy, Utah 
(southern Utah) to make a settlement. There in this new 
settlement he helped to establish a new branch of the 
Mormon Church. 

It was in this capacity that the young and adventurous 
heart of Jeremiah filled with a desire to better the con¬ 
ditions of his people. He performed many duties of the 
most trying and stirring nature. Surrounded by hostile 
tribes and in a desert land nearly 200 miles from the 
nearest source of provisions, he was compelled from time 
to time to leave his wives and go to Pine Valley for 
provisions. At times the family had nothing left but green 
corn. This was grated on the bottom of a tin plate which 
was made of nail holes, and from this corn they made 
porridge. Once before he returned the Indians destroyed 
most of the corn field and many a night the tired family 
went to bed without supper. While on this trip the men 
were compelled to corral their horses with their wagons 
on the Rio Virgin because of the Indians. One night the 
Indians tried to kill one of their steers with a bow and 
arrow. This enraged the steer and he gored one of the red 
men. The other Indians were unable to save him, so 
Jeremiah and his companions went out into the open with 
their guns and killed the steer. This saved their lives. It 
was only one of many instances where his courage made 
him lasting friends with the Indians. 

When he was in danger at one time, he took his wife 
and baby with him. In the night the Indians drove their 
horses away. While the other men were hunting for them, 
he stayed in camp. He was watching and he saw two In¬ 
dians coming so he hid his wife and baby under the bed in 
the bottom of the wagon and hid in the rocks. The Indians 
looked all over the wagon and then went on without 
bothering a thing. 

In 1866 Jeremiah, now called Jerry for short, returned 
with his family to Spanish Fork. He served as picket guard 
in the Black Hawk trouble under Captain William McKee 
in 1881. He, with Bill Warren and John Beck, contracted 
and furnished the ties and telegraph poles for the Denver 
and Rio Grande Railroad when it first went from Price 
down Spanish Fork Canyon. In the fall of 1886 he left his 
home and friends and moved to Ashley Valley, Uintah 
County, Utah. On reaching there, he took up a large 


amount of land and began farming. One farm was at 
Jensen, Utah, where he built a large brick house for his 
first wife and family. He then took up some land in the 
Maeser Ward and built another large, brick house for the 
second wife and family. He owned and operated one of 
the first threshing machines in the valley. He was a lover 
of good horses and owned many of them. He was always a 
full giver to help the poor and donations for church ac¬ 
tivities. He and his good wife (the first wife had died) 
Mary, made a home for many motherless children. He was 
a great fruit raiser and used to make molasses and sell it by 
the five-gallon wooden buckets. He died at his home in 
Maeser, Sunday, September 5, 1909. 

He was the father of 18 living children, nine by each 
wife. His family were all ambitious and full of the pioneer 
spirit. One of his mottoes was, "You can always tell a man 
by his chips.” 



Jeremiah Hatch Murray Karen Maria Nilsson 


KAREN MARIA NIELSEN MURRAY 

Karen Maria Nielsen, born Jan. 3, 1846 in Rusgaard 
Hjorring Amptt, Denmark, daughter of Niels Christian 
Nielsen and Karen Sophia Ericksen. Karen Maria was the 
fourth child of a family of nine children all born in 
Denmark. 

Upn hearing the teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ 
of Latter-day Saints the family embraced it and left their 
native homeland to make their new home in America with 
the main body of saints under the direction of Elder Knud 
Peterson who had just completed a mission in Norway. 
They started their journey from Copenhagen, Denmark 
on November 20, 1855 in cold overcast weather with 447 
saints aboard the Steamship “Ivan” when they arrived in 
England they were joined by 42 British and 30 Italians 
making 508 saints and boarded the John J. Boyd Steam 
ship, they ran into high winds and rough weather they 
suffered many hardships after fifteen months of much - 
sickness and hunger two fires which destroyed much of 
their possessions and 30 deaths and burials at sea, they 
arrived February 15, 1856 in St. Louis Missouri. 

Shorly after arriving in America Karen Maria’s father 


2 







died of Cholera as did many others and was buried in St. 
Louis. The Saints left St. Louis with the Mortain Lund Co. 
and traveled up the Missouri River to Florance, Nebraska. 
From there little Karen Maria and the other children 
walked along with their mother the entire distance to Salt 
Lake City. Karen at this time was 11 years old with the 
Christian Christensen Hand Cart company consisting of 
three wagons and 11 mules. 

Great-grandmother pushed her hand cart and all her 
belongings and brought seven little fatherless children and 
came gallently on. Two of their oldest children had come 
to Utah two years earlier with another company of saints 
and had settled around Fillmore, Utah so they had an 
urgency to meet with them. As this brief history is being 
written we have no record of Karen Maria ever seeing her 
sister and brother after they arrived in Utah. They arrived 
in Salt Lake on September 13, 1857 and made their home 
in Spanish Fork, Utah. Karen Maria was baptized in 
January 1854, and married Jeremiah Hatch Murray 
February 6, 1863 at the Nielsen home in Spanish Fork by 
John Murray who at that time was a high priest and was 
serving the church as secretary to the High Priest 
Quorum. 

Karen and Jeremiah made their home in Lealand, 
Utah, several years later moved to the Ashley Valley on 
the East side of the Brush Crek where it emptied into the 
Greenriver. Here they homsteaded 600 acres and put it 
into farm land and raised livestock, and a lot of fruit. In a 
few* years they built a nice brick home and raised a family 
of nine children. 

Karen Maria loved her home and her family and 
always said the “Will and love to work is one of God’s 
greatest gifts". We never had a chance to really know 
these great ancestors, my father talked to me a lot about 
his mother, he said she was a small built woman. She was 
very intelligent, with a great love for music. She was 
always kind and gentle, a beautiful seamstress and 
homemaker and he said no one could cook like her so she 
must have been a good mother. Her main virtue w'as 
sharing her faith and her home to the needy. Their door 
was always open. Her death came while she was doing the 
family wash. She was scrubbing their clothes on the scrub 
board she died of heart failure on June 12, 1897. 

THIS IS HER OBITUARY: 

Died at Jensen, Uintah County, LItah, June 12, 1897 of 
Heart failure, Maria, beloved wife of J.H. Murray. Mrs. 
Murray was born in Denmark Jan 3, 1846. She joined the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her native 
land and emigrated to Utah from Florence Nebraska in 
the first Hand Cart Company, and ever lived a faithful 
Latter-day Saint. 

Mr. Murray and his nine children all living, have the 
sympathy of the entire community in their sad 
bereavement. The funeral services were held in the 
Mill Ward hall where over 200 or more assembled to listen 
attentively to the consoling words and impressing remarks 
from president Collett and Bishop Billings. The body was 
laid to rest in the Mill Ward cemetery. 

Mr. Murray and family desire to return their thanks 
sincere to all who assisted in any way during the sickness 


and death of their beloved one and especially the sisters of 
the Mill Ward Relief Society who so kindly draped the hall 
for the occasion and also prepared dinner for those who 
came with the corpse from Jensen, a journey of nearly 20 
miles. (Salt Lake City Papers Please copy). 



Racheal Allred Murray 


RACHEAL ALLRED MURRAY 

History of Racheal Allred Murray, wife of John 
Murray. Taken from the group sheets in possession of Lee 
Allred of Neola, Utah on February 5, 1978. 

When the Ute Tribe of Indians came through this 
valley selling papooses they had taken from the conquered 
tribes they had been fighting, Grandfather Allred bought a 
little girl from them. Also he had a wife and eight living 
children of their own as well as two motherless grand¬ 
children. 

Their hearts were big enough to take on the extra 
responsibilities of the Indian baby, else the Indians 
planned to kill their captives as they could not feed them 
over the winter. This little girl was raised as one of their 
own and she was sealed to them in the house of the Lord. 
The white family learned to love this child and as she grew 
up, she was great help in the home and loved them too. 
Racheal was the name they gave her and Christmas was 
her birthday. 

She later married a white man named John Murray 
and they were married in the endowment house. They 
raised a large family to whom they taught the gospel and 
they were called as missionaries among the Indians. 

Racheal was an Indian child adopted and raised by 
Rueben Warren Allred, a blacksmith, and Lucy Ann 
Butler Allred. Rueben Warren Allred w'as bom November 
18, 1815 in Bedford Co. Tennessee. He died Oct. 6, 1896 in 
Spring City Sanpete County, Utah. His wife Lucy Ann 
Butler, was born Aug. 6, 1914 in Simpson Co., Kentucy. 
She died Dec. 16, 1884 in the Desert, Millard, Utah. 

Rachel Allred adopted, show where born 1847 in 
Springville, Utah, Utah. She married John Murray Jr. 
Rachel Allred Murray died May 5, 1894. Rachel was 
baptized Aug. 29, 1867. It also shows a date 1856 un¬ 
derneath. Her endowment work was done May 3, 1869. 


3 



JERRY MURRAY FAMILY 



Jerry and Christina Murray 

1883 1943 


CHANCE TO MEET 

It’s great how people chance to meet 
at a bank, a store or on the street, 

You talk a while and then you find 
That you are thinking, I like that guy, 

I didn’t get his name, can’t figure out why. 

You think some times how dumb can you be, 

You shrug your shoulders “old stupid me.” 

So get the address, if the name isn't clear 
Say “I beg your pardon I didn’t quite hear,” 

You learn the name and then right away 
You have another friend to fill out your day 
Maybe by some chance or fate 
You will be passing by their gate, 
or maybe give their phone a ring 
A new made friend is a precious thing 

By Keith M. Wilkins 
— 76 — 

JEREMIAH MURRAY 

Jeremiah Murray, born December 7, 1863, at Spanish 
Fork Utah, to Jeremiah and Karen Maria Nilsson Murray. 

His boyhood days were spent herding cattle in 
Spanish Fork Canyon in the summer and going to school 


in the winter. His education was finished in public schools 
in Spanish Fork. Here he met Christina Nilsson. They were 
Married November 8, 1883, in Vernon, Tooele County, 
Utah. Christina Elizabeth Nilsson, born November 19, 
1865, at Hinderstrop, Qstbr, Sweden, to John Eric and 
Marie Charlotte Johnson Nilsson. 

Nine children were born to this marriage: 

Elda Elizabeth, bom March 25, 1884, at Vernon 
Tooele County, Utah, died June 12, 1967. 

Edith Marie, born September 20, 1886, at Vernon, 
Tooele Utah, died August 16, 1892. 

Julius Guy, born July 3, 1890, at Jensen, Uintah 
Co. Utah. Died Feb. 15, 1976. 

Vernon Lester, Oct. 10, 1893, at Vernon Tooele Utah. 

Vivian Adella, bom July 9, 1896, at Fairfield Utah 
County Utah. 

Mildred Viola, bom March 24, 1900, at Sandy Utah. 

Douglas Jeremiah, bom Dec. 8, 1904, Sandy Utah. 
Died July 25, 1960. 

Ralph Nelson, bom Sept. 24, 1907, at Roosevelt 
Duchesne County, Utah. 

Clyde Richard, bom February 24, 1910 at Duchesne 
Utah. 

In Vernon, Jerry was engaged in shearing and herding 
sheep for Adam S. Sharp. 

Jerry and family later moved to Jensen, Utah, where 
he was engaged in farming. Edith, their daughter, passed 
away from pneumonia. Christine Murray, being so sad, 


4 





wanted to move. This time, they went to Camp Floyd, 
Utah, where he was in the mercantile and meat market. 
Here he furnished supplies to the Mercer railroad, which 
was then being built. He also had a store and market in 
Sunshine, Tooele County, Utah, where Jerry had a 
thriving meat and grocery business. 

With the opening of the Uintah Reservation in 1905, 
Jerry moved his family to Vernal, Utah, where they spent 
the winter. Then, in the spring of 1906, they made their 
move, this time to his homestead, three miles east of 
Roosevelt, where he was engaged in farming and stock 
raising. Jerry was an active member of the LDS Church, 
being a ward teacher and a good tithe payer. 

He also took an active part in civic work. He promoted 
the first school at Wilson, which is now known as Ballard 
Ward. He donated the ground, helped build the first 
school house, and was a trustee. Who paid the teachers 
their salaries? The trustees. 

He was a road supervisor on the first road from 
Roosevelt to Fort Duchesne, and was foreman on the class 
H. Canal from start to finish. He worked on many other 
projects which helped to build up the Uintah Basin, 
bringing in the first threshing machine to the vicinity. 

On January 28, 1938, Jerry and Christina’s marriage was 
solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. He was the hard 
shelled type, underneath was concealed a tender heart 
and a charitable one. He passed away November 1, 1949. 
Christina passed away April 4, 1952. She was bom 
November 19, 1865. 

ELDA ELIZABETH MURRAY CALVERT 

Elda Elizabeth Murray Calvert, born March 25, 1884, 
to Jeremiah and Christine Elizabeth Nilsson Murray, at 
Vernon, Tooele Co., Utah. 

She was the first blessing to gladden the Murray 
home. Elda helped raise the rest of the family of nine, and 
for eight years was very happy with the companionship of 
her sister Edith who contracted whooping cough at the 
tender age of six years. Elda missed her sister very much 
and remembered how sad and frightened she was when 
the dirt was put in over the little box where her little sister 
lay, she spent many lonely days after that. 

Later her parents moved to Camp Floyd where they 
operated a feed lot for the freighters. Elda helped keep it 
clean and hated sweeping out the chips and straw that was 





Jerry Murray’s Thrashing Machine and crew at Harvest time. 


left on the floor. In 1905 the family moved to the Uintah 
Basin, and slept in a wagon box for a bedroom, and 
learned to ride a horse. 

She got a job working for the Merrimans, who operated 
a store at Whiterocks, the Indian headquarters at that 
time. She met Cecil Calvert (one of the surveyors.) On 
Oct. 31, 1906 they rode horse back to Vernal, Utah to be 
married, they had four children, Cecil Murray, Wilma 
Margary, Haden Victor, and Myron Julius. 

She clerked in stores all her married life. Elda was a 
hard worker, fun lover and generous to a fault. She made 
beautiful handwork until her eyesight failed her in later 
years. Elda died June 12, 1967 at Taft California, where 
she had lived since 1928. She was a devoted sister and 
mother. 



Julius Guy and Edna Curtis Murray 


JULIUS GUY MURRAY 

Julius Guy Murray, bom in a log cabin with a dirt roof 
and floor on the bank of the Green River, in Jensen, 
Uintah County, Utah, on July 3, 1890, to Jeremiah and 
Christine Elizabeth Nelson. 

I remember cause I was there. What a com¬ 
motion when they saw I was a boy as two girls proceeded 
me. I was Christened and Blessed in the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-day Saints. We moved to Fairfield Utah, 
then called Camp Floyd. My father was in the mercantile 
business and also delivered meat to the Sunshine Mines. 

I began my schooling at age six and my brother 
Vernon Lester was bom about this time we moved to 
Sandy. My father engaged in the butcher business. I 
finished the seventh grade and my sister Vivian Adella was 
born here. We had a five room house and seven acres of 
land which cost seven hundred dollars. We raised a 
garden, hay for the two cows and four horses, pigs for 
meat, and chickens, pigeons and rabbits. I went job 
hunting, and got one with a Mr. Goff, a hard working man. 

We put in long hours, plowing, harrowing, planting, 
choring, irrigating day and night, feeding and grooming 
livestock. My pay was ten dollars a month and keep. He 
taught me a lot of responsibilities, and I observed the 


5 



Sabbath with this Mormon family. They lived good, clean 
lives. 

I was raised in the Mormon Church, went to Church 
with my mother, and met my first girl friend and took her 
home from Mutual one night and my father wouldn’t let 
me have the horse and buggy, that ended my romance. 

Spring 1905, Uintah Reservation was opened for 
white people to enter. My father and older sister Elda, 
filed for a hundred and sixty acres each, and drew for the 
lucky number. 

With two cows, two teams, two new wagons and new 
harnesses and a few chickens we started for the Reser¬ 
vation. We had sold our home for one thousand dollars 
and we had bought one team that was wild and had to be 
broken. We traveled to Daniels and stayed there for about 
a month. We took seven days from Daniels to Vernal and 
arrived there in time to help with the harvest, working on 
my grandfathers threshing machine, with my uncle Hatch, 
uncle Bill and uncle Johnny Moyes. 

My father was separator man, uncle Bill and Johnny 
fed the grain and I hauled the water. This was a lot of fun 
and we worked until Christmas. I went to the Maeser 
school next term. In the spring we moved to our place on 
the Reservation arriving on Easter Sunday and pitched 
our tent (the first on the reservation). 

My father and I brought timber from the mountains 
to build a house, by fall we had a one room house with a 
dirt roof and floor. We used small cotton wood trees for 
.the lagging on the roof and put burlap sacks on top of 
them to cover the cracks so the dirt wouldn’t fall through, 
believe me that little cabin was warm. 

I rode to Roosevelt horseback that winter to school. 
Roosevelt, a small new town, was three miles from our 
farm, and I finished the eighth grade. That spring with 
team and slip scaper we helped make a canal from the 
Uintah river to get water for our farms, we called it the 
Harding Canal, and it took two years to build it. 

We hauled freight ninety miles from Price in the 
winters. Price was the nearest railroad point and it took 
eighteen to twenty days to make the trip. This was our 
only resource for making any money to live on and care 
for our families. We started clearing our land for farming 
in ten acre plots, and soon had our land under cultivation. 
To make our ditches we plowed two furrows and then 
made a triangle out of two 2x12 planks one side shorter 
than the other. We pulled this up and down the two 
furrows making a deep ditch. 

I hauled a load of wood for Mrs. Shurtliff, who owned 
the hotel and received three dollars for it. I took it out in 
meals and took my girl to supper during intermission at 
the dance. I saw a new girl and told my pal that I was going 
to marry her. I thought she was the most beautiful girl that 
I had ever seen, and I still do. 

Eventually I asked her to marry me and she accepted 
the challenge. I dashed to C.C. Larsons Store and bought a 
plain gold band ring. A short time later we went to 
Vernal and, stayed over night with my Aunt Mary 
Merkley, and next day, December 24, 1910, we were 
married by Don B. Colton. My cousin Murray Merkley 


and his wife Retta, who was Edna’s cousin witnessed our 
wedding. 

On October 25, 1911, our darling baby girl was bom, 
such a lovely little girl, and she still is. We named her 
Marell. When she was a year old we went to the Manti 
Temple and were sealed to one another for time and 
eternity. We went along with Edna’s parents and camped 
along the way coming and going, it was a joyous time for 
all of us. 

June 21, 1914 we had another sweet baby girl who we 
named Bernice. God didn’t let us keep her very long, she 
died February 10, 1915, from whooping cough, we were 
very sad and heart broken. 

Then August 28,1916 we were blessed with a son. Oh 
he was the only boy in the world, and we named him 
Curtis J. and last but not least, our little blue eyed baby 
Evelyn (Mickey) was bom March 4, 1919. The neighbor 
would ask where she got her blue eyes and she answered 
out of the sky as I came by. 

We lived in Bingham and Copperton for several years 
and by now the children had all married and we were by 
ourselves. We went to Riverside Calif, and went into the 
chicken business, and we went broke, lost every nickle 
and dollar we had. So Guy got a job at Serhman Inst, in 
Riverside. It is a school for Indian children, and an Indian 
gave us an eleven year old daughter whose mother had a 
terminal illness. Her name is Hope, and she is a beautiful 
girl. She is now twenty three years old, and has been with 
us for twelve years and we love her dearly. 

We are thinking of selling our home, and if we do sell 
it we are not sure of where we will go to live, but our 
thoughts go back to Utah where our two daughters and 
families are. 

MARELL MURRAY TIMOTHY 

Marell Murray Timothy, bom October 25, 1911, to 
Julius Guy and Edna Curtis Murray, at Roosevelt, 
Duchesne Co. Utah. Married November 22, 1930, in 
Copperton, Utah to Rulon Matt Timothy, born March 24, 
1912 at Roosevelt Utah. They have three children. 

Jerry Douglas, born September 15, 1931 in Copperton 
Utah, married, May 27, 1953 to Ann Whiting. 

Don Gilbert, born March 10, 1934, at Copperton 
Utah, married Jean Christensen July 25, 1953. 

Paul Murray, bom May 31, 1937, at Bingham Canyon, 
married Sandra Anderson. 

EVELYN MURRAY PRIANO 

Evelyn Murray Priano, born to Julius Guy and Edna 
Curtis Murray, at Roosevelt Utah, March 4, 1919. 

When I was two years old, we moved from Roosevelt 
and lived in Bingham and Copperton. I graduated from 
Bingham High in 1937. Our vacation of the year was a trip 
out to Roosevelt to see my Grandparents Jeremiah and 
Christine Murray. The trip took all day and the cars 
traveled slow. The roads were poor and crooked. Mamma 
always fixed us a lunch to eat on the way, but we were so 
impatient, it was a long day. 


6 





Evelyn, Katherine, Dominic Priano Dee J. gn, dau. Shelly. 


I was always anxious to see my grandparents, they 
were so kind and dear. I loved Grandpa’s mustache. His 
lips would curl and his eyes would twinkle as he told me 
stories. Grandma had long, silvery hair that she wore on 
top of her head in a bun. A good cook, her baking powder 
biscuits with home made butter and honey were delicious. 

I married Dominic Priano Nov. 26, 1937 at Salt Lake 
City, Utah. We met at a dance in Bingham Canyon, Utah. 
We have two children, a daughter Katherine, bom Dec. 6, 
1941. Katherine married B. Nemanic in Salt Lake March 
18, 1961, by my Father Julius Guy Murray. 

Katherine and Edward gave us three granddaughters, 
Shelley, bom July 13, 1962. Lelah, born July 19, 1967. 
Elaine bom March 19, 1971. 

Our son Dee J., bora Aug. 11, 1945. He married 
Sandra Driggs, in Sandy, Utah, November 5,1965 and they 
gave us two grandsons, Joe Domenic, bora June 15, 1966, 
and Jason Dee born Dec. 19, 1968. 

Domenic and I had our marriage sealed September 
26, 1978 at the Salt Lake Temple. 

PAULINE RAE MURRAY 

Pauline Rae Murray, bora to Curtis and Phyllis Reid 
Murray, December 3, 1937 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

We lived in Sandy when I was a little girl and there 
my younger sister was born. Her name is Bernice Sylvia 
Murray. I was baptized by my Grandpa Julius Guy Murray 
in Sandy Utah. We moved to California shortly after my 
father came home from the war when I was nine years old. 
I attended Glen Avon Elementary School and Central Jr. 
High and PLY High School. 

In my senior year in high school I started dating 
Chuck Marshall and the summer after I graduated we 
became engaged. We knew it would be a long engagement 
because he was not a member of the church. That fall we 
both attended Brigham Young University and in 
November of that year Chuck was baptized. That summer 
we both went home and worked and waited for our year of 
membership to be up so we could be married in the 
Temple. 

On December 20, 1957 we were married in the Los 
Angeles Temple. Chuck continued his education and I 
went to work on my P.H.T. (putting Hubby Through) at 
the telephone company. 

Chuck graduated from Brigham Young University in 
1960 with a wife and dependents; Cynthia Sue Marshall 


and Sherie Lynn Marshall. He accepted employment with 
the San Bernardino County Probation Dept. Connie 
ReNee Marshall, Kimberly Kay Marshall, Richard Charles 
Marshall, and Wendy Lee Marshall were all born in San 
Bernardino California. 

Chuck died April 3, 1973 from complications of open 
heart sugery. The family consisting of six children and 
myself moved to Utah. I married Gale L. Kresser Sept. 17, 
1973 and we now reside in Sandy Utah. It is nice to live 
near my family, parents in Holliday and my young sister 
Christine in Salt Lake City. 

BERNICE SYLVIA MURRAY EDDENFIELD 

Bernice Sylvia Murray Eddenfield, bora May 22, 
1940, to Curtis J. and Phyllis Reid Murray, at Murray, Salt 
Lake County, Utah, married March 28, 1959 in the Los 
Angeles Temple and sealed for time and all Eternity by 
President Bowering. 

We lived in Riverside, Calif, in a little Apartment 
house. I worked for the Pacific Telephone Co. as an in¬ 
formation operator, and Leroy was stationed at March Air 
Force Base as a weapons fusing system Specialist. After 
his discharge we moved to Sacramento Calif. 

At first we lived in a little house in the neighborhood 
where LeRoy grew up. LeRoy worked the swing shift 
driving a fork lift at Campbell Soup Co. After three 
months we bought a 8 x 45 foot trailer home. We parked it 
on LeRoy’s parents property, where we had our first child, 
Shelly. 

And there we sat for a year and a half, suffering growing 
pains. 

We then moved to a trailor park and stayed for three 
months before we found our family was increasing again. 
For some strange reason, the wall of the trailor seemed to 
move in and things got a bit small looking, and I wanted a 
house. We found a nice new three bedroom place, sold the 
trailor and moved in. Sandra, Brett and Melissa were bom 
here. We moved again to our present home, where 
number five Scott was born. 

We are remodeling, as we outgrew what we had, but 
do not want to move. LeRoy is a seventy and has been the 
Seminary teacher for the past six years. For a living he is a 
Foreman electrician and I am a home economic engineer 
with Eddinfield and Eddenfield Inc. I am also the ward 
organist and the stake Sunday School Senior music 
director. 

Shelly is the Laurel President, a junior in high school, 
and kept very busy with the two jobs. Sandra is a freshman 
and a songster and anything else she can get involved with. 
Next year she is head songster for the junior varsity. Brett 
is in the eighth grade and in concert band playing the 
clarinet. He has discovered girls and his sisters say that the 
girls have noticed him too. Melissa, eleven, plays piano 
and tap dances and tries to be as big as her sisters, Scott 
nine can’t be bothered with trivial things. Spends his time 
with reading and drawing, he is the only one of the family 
that doesn’t play the piano — yet. Our family loves 
camping, fishing, motorcycles, singing, dancing, just doing 
things together. 


7 




VERNON LESTER MURRAY 


BRUCE KAY MURRAY 


Vernon Lester Murray, son of Jeremiah and Christine 
Elizabeth Nilson Murray, born Oct. 10, 1893 at Vernon 
Tooele County, Utah. 

At an early age we moved to Sandy City where I got 
most of my education, the remainder I got from the school 
of hard knocks. Being younger than brother Guy, I was 
always left at home to chore and help Mother, with the 
rest of the family, and was a sort of life guard, since we 
had moved to the Uintah Basin (Reservation) in 1906. The 
Indians roamed and often frightened our family including 
Me. 

I was thirteen years old and though we were boys we 
did a man’s work. We pioneered. Guy and myself went to 
the local dances in Roosevelt. We had good times and 
sometimes got into a fight. I was a good dancer and loved 
to dance. We attended Sunday School too. I always had a 
good riding horse, learned to farm and brand cattle. 

When about eighteen I went to work for Preston 
Nutter a cattle king living at Nine Mile Canyon. A real 
cowboy rounding up the cattle and broke many broncos 
for Mister Nutter, a good life and a hard one. In 1918 I got 
another cow punching job and had influenza bad. I laid in 
bed sixteen days and a man came and cared for me. I 
didn't know him and when I was well I never saw him 
again and no one else saw him. 

Another time while working for the power company I 
was prompted to not cut that line, the current was sup¬ 
posedly off, it was not. I worked for the Union Pacific 
driving six-horses on two big wagons loaded with Gilsonite 
along White River between Vernal and Meeker Colo. The 
Ferry was jammed with ice I drove across, they had told 
me the ice wouldn’t hold my load but it did and I started a 
road across the river. 

I met and married LaVon Caldwell in Vernal, Utah, 
May 25, 1915. We had three children, Carl Vernon, Helen 
Mar, Kenneth Max. 

Besides farming, I spent the remainder of my life as 
Mechanic, took a correspondent course to learn it and 
had my own Garage in Roosevelt Utah, and later in Salt 
Lake City. LaVon passed away Dec. 12, 1972. I live alone 
and have a few rentals at age 87 years. I have had two 
strokes, but I am getting along quite well. 

Written by Mildred Viola 
Murray Wilkins 
April 15, 1980 


KENNETH MAX MURRAY 

Kenneth Max Murray, born July 26, 1923, to Vernon 
Lester and Nora LaVon Caldwell Murray, at Murray Utah. 
Married August 9, 1952, Billie Fredora Richardson, bom 
Feb. 14, 1930 at Salt Lake City, Utah. Two children bom 
to this union: 

John Andrew, Jan. 4, 1951 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Bruce Kay, born July 15, 1953, at Salt Lake City, 
Utah. 

8 


Bruce Kay Murray, born July 15, 1953, to Kenneth 
Max and Billie Fredora Richardson Murray, in Salt Lake 
City, Utah. Married Renee Stoltz, in Billings Mont. 



George and Vivian Adella Murray McClellan. 
VIVIAN ADELLA MURRAY 


Vivian Adella Murray, born, July 9, 1896, at Fairfield, 
Utah County, Utah, to Jeremiah and Christine Elizabeth 
Nilsson Murray. Married George Doyle McClellan, bom 
Sept. 14, 1894, in Loa, Utah, to George Barlow and Minnie 
Blackburn McClellan. 

Adella died Dec. 16, 1972, at Atascadero Calif, and 
was buried in the Murray Cemetery, Murray Utah. She 
gave birth to three children: 

Donald Doyle, bom April 14, 1916, in Roosevelt 
Duchesne County, Utah. Died August 8, 1936. 

Claudia Eva, bom September 1918, in Roosevelt 
Utah, died, Oct. 29, 1919. 

Muriel Elaine, bom Jan. 15, 1922, in Roosevelt Utah. 
Married Ronald Lloyd. 









Muriel Elaine McClellan Dickey. 
MURIEL ELAINE McCLELLAN DICKEY 


Muriel Elaine McClellan Dickey, born Jan. 15, 1921, 
to George Doyle and Vivian Adella Murray McClellan, at 
Roosevelt Utah, married March 27, 1959, at Bakersfield 
California to Floyd Andrew Dickey, bom Dec. 14, 1916 to 
Huston and Eddar McKnight Dickey, at Tumpencari New 
Mexico. Three children were born to them: 

Lloyd Patricia Kaye, born Oct. 15, 1938, in Murray, 
Utah. 

Dawn, born May 31, 1941, at Murray Utah. 

James Gregory, born Dec. 10, 1944, in Murray Utah. 

MILDRED VIOLA MURRAY WILKINS 

Mildred Viola Murray Wilkins, bom March 24, 1900 
to Jeremiah and Christine Elizabeth Nilsson Murray, in 
Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah. 

I was delivered with the aid of a Midwife and the sixth 
child in a family of nine. My first five years were spent in 
Sandy, on a five acre farm in a five room house 
surrounded by lawn, flowers and neighbors. Here is where 
I survived the Whopping Cough, that which had taken the 
life of Edith some years earlier. When a coughing spasm 
occurred I would pass out and the Doctor told my mother 
to put a spoon handle or anything handy between my teeth 
so I wouldn’t choke to death. Nothing was handy so she 
forced her finger into my mouth and I nearly bit it off, I 
also fell from the baby buggy while I was in one of those 
spasms. 

At the opening of the Reservation, my parents moved 
to Roosevelt Utah and filed on some land. We really 
pioneered for a while. The wind blew, the sand flew, and 
though a little girl I hated it. I rode three and a half miles 
horse back to high school. The winters were very cold, 
often thirty degrees below zero. 

I took a nursing training course at the local hospital 
under Dr. J.E. Morton. During the flu epidemic I was 
called to Vernal Utah where I nursed some eight persons 
back to life. Many sorrowing experiences. 

I met my husband, Ormon LaMond Wilkins. He came 
to see his mother and baby brother. We were married 
Nov. 12, 1919 in Vernal Utah, later solemnized in the 
Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints. We are the parents of six children Keith Murray, 
Jerry Max, Cody Lamond, Nola Myrl and Kendyl Ormon. 



Glenna Fern Wilkins Cooper, our first blessing, was 
taken from us the day before Thanksgiving, 1979, at age 58 
years, from cancer. A beautiful spirit, and many talents. 

I have served as President, secretary and visiting 
teacher and teacher supervisor, in Relief Society. 
Secretary for five years, and sports director for MIA. 
Wrote three scripts for MIA road shows and took first 
place. Primary teacher and wrote script for Primary 
Conference in 1941. Captain for Daughters of Utah 
Pioneers for eight years, also as vice captain. Our children 
celebrated my eightieth birthday March 24, 1980 with 
open house, lovely. 


Nola. Ormond (Dad), Glenna, Cody Mildred (Mom), Keith. 


RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH SAGE 


It was when the place (Roosevelt) was a desert and 
the blow-sand in the wind did rage, those were the days of 
toil and sweat and people rubbed shoulders with sage. 

I know I will never fly by plane, bur I can harness and 
drive a team. I’m glad I know how to separate the blue jon 
from the cream. With the old dasher churn I could chum 
the butter and mold it neat an square, I remember when 
our Mas butter took first prize at the County Fair. 


9 




I’m glad I experiended the kerosene lamp, the 
chugger and washboard and No. 3 tub, the coal and wood 
stove in the kitchen, in the front room the organ and 
striped rug. 

I’m proud that I know what a slip knot is and that I 
can milk a cow, can mix and bake some home-made bread 
and make cucumbers into chow. I remember the rustic 
two-holer, with leather hinges to hold the door, and the 
sky for the roof and in winter we swept snow from the seat 
and the floor. There was childish writing upon the walls 
and for tissue an old catalog page. Our kids of today would 
not know what they’ve missed cause they never rubbed 
shoulders with sage. 

My memories are fond of the Fourth of July, we most 
always got a new dress. The Sleeves were not short and 
neck wasn’t low, but we loved them never the less. They 
were trimmed with ruffles, all edged with lace, and with 
stove irons carefully pressed. Ma sat and sewed at the 
treadle machine till she had us looking our best. At home 
we went barefoot and was sun tanned but was happy at 
that tender age. Times have changed since then, thanks to 
progress, but I’m glad I rubbed shoulders with sage. 

Oh! what a priceless heritage was our old mom and 
dad, they knew how to manage and got along with the few 
things they had. It must of taxed their faith and courage 
when Indians were on the rampage. I think my folks were 
the salt of the earth and we all rubbed shoulders with sage. 

Gone now is the Indian with his long braids of hair, 
his soft-beaded moccasins and his high-crowned Sombreb 
(hat), his squaw with her warm and colorful shawl, while 
her tresses so black around her shoulders did fall. Her 
baby a papoose in that day and age, I’m glad I was there 
and rubbed shoulders with sage. 

Mildred V.M. Wilkins 
June 1966 

GLENNA FERN WILKINS COOPER 

Glenna Fern Wilkins Cooper, born Nov. 10, 1921 to 
Ormond La Mond and Mildred Viola Murray Wilkins at 
Uintah Basin Hospital, Roosevelt Duchesne Co. Utah. 

At age five she sang with other children that 
surrounded her grandmother Christine Murray the shining 
star of the Primary conference. The theme was Earth with 
her ten thousand flowers, a beautiful arrangement. Her 
early schooling was at Roosevelt riding the school bus 
from home three miles south of town. 

At age ten she was ill with a rheumatic heart and it 
was advised that she be taken to a lower and warmer 
climate. First her tonsils were removed by Dr. Rich at 
Vernal with Jane Murry assisting. Her parents moved to 
Southern Utah, Washington County, Utah. She improved 
rapidly. 

A cheerful child, she made many friends, was active 
in drama at school and church, loved flowers aDd outdoor 
sports. She learned to ride horses well. 

Graduated from Dixie High School and married Evan 
E. Cooper on October 11, 1938 in St. George, Utah. The 
marriage was later solemnized in the St. George temple. 



Evan and Glenna Wilkins Cooper. 


A telephone operator, and nursing home, active in 
church as Relief Society work director, and lesson leader, 
with her pioneer spirit she inherited she to make cheese 
and was called by several other wards to teach cheese 
making and also soap. She was primary president, directed 
MIA plays and road shows. Captain and vice captain in 
the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, sewed for five daughters. 

She had open heart surgery November 8, 1974, and 
bounced back for four more years. Stricken with cancer, 
traveled to Greece for recommended help, but passed 
away November 20, 1979 at home. A speaker at the 
service stated, "She was known by many and loved by all.” 
The stake chapel was filled to standing room only 
capacity. 

Five daughters remain: Margaret Fern, Evenna Gale, 
Callie Naomi, Carma Christine, Nola Vee. 

She was an adorable grandmother to fifteen. 



KEITH MURRAY WILKINS 

Keith Murray Wilkins arrived June 1, 1923 at the 
home of Ormon LaMond and Mildred Viola Murray 
Wilkins, in Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah. 


10 












My earliest schooling was at Taft Calif, in the kin¬ 
dergarten, then we moved to Murray Utah, still in the 
kindergarten. During an epidemic of Meningitis and Polio, 
mom sewed a nutmeg and a bit of asafetidis in a small bag 
and hung it around my neck so the bag would fall in the 
hollow under my chin. Old wives tales? Maybe, but people 
were desperate and anyway, we didn't get it. Some of my 
playmates were taken home sick and never came back 
again. 

We spent in Roosevelt always on a farm and like all 
farm boys I learned to herd and milk cows. It was the year 
of the depression and we were thankful we had cows to 
milk and a home. My sister Glenna and me walked a half 
mile to catch the school bus. The winter was cold and the 
snow was deep, one morning she hurried on ahead of me 
to tell the driver I was back on the road, so he came to 
meet me and picked me up. 

Because of Glenna’s illness we moved to Utah’s Dixie 
Washington, Utah where the climate is warmer. I learned 
to swim in the Washington field canal and the warm 
spring. I finished elementary school at Washington, then 
Dixie High in St. George. 

I graduated the same time as my brother Jerry. I also 
graduated from four years Seminary, and went to Tech 
school in Provo to learn carpentry and became a cabinet 
maker. 

I met and married Rhea Stock in the St. George 
Temple, March 23, 1943. I enlisted in the Army and 
shipped to Korea later hospitalized where I discovered I 
could paint. I filled many church jobs, still do. 

Rhea and I became divorced. Two years later I 
married Laurel Watson Scott. I am a supervisor for the 
Zions National Park Service where we live. Besides 
painting I like writing poetry. We have seven children 
from first marriage. Marilyn, Chad, Patsy and Peggy twins, 
Nola, Hope, Jack and Jill, twins. 

JERRY MAX WILKINS 

Jerry Max Wilkins, born December 29, 1924, to 
Orman LaMond and Mildred Viola Murray Wilkins, in 
Roosevelt Duchesne Co. Utah. 

When I was born my folks immediately cut a hole in 
the ice in the water trough, at grampa Murray’s place, and 
dropped me in. I came up for air, and they kept me. 

I grew up on the farm doing the usual chores plowing 
and hauling hay etc. Started first grade school in the 
Ballard School house across from the Chapel. The farm 
was not too nice, but it’s been close to my heart as a 
wonderful place, hunting snakes and coyotes, herded 
cows. When I was six years old we moved to Washington 
Utah, Keith and Glenna were too punie for the Uintah 
Basin climate, but Dixie was nice and warm and they both 
did well there. 

We moved to St. George when I was about eight 
years old. The depression was on, W.P.A. was in. My 
father worked at this for one and one half years building 
outdoor toilets. Then we moved to the Fastel Farm, two 
hundred and fifty acres, farming a hundred acres and 
pasturing the rest. We all worked hard on this ranch, 


Jerry Max and Kathleen Wilkins. 


Shannon, Craig, David, Jerry, Lee Nielson 


Lindsay Kaye, Diana, Keith, Brian, Kevin Larson 


11 





Keith and I rode three miles horse back to Washington 
and caught the bus that took us to St. George, to school. 
There was a Federal program that gave each of us three to 
four dollars if we lived more than three from school, and 
we qualified. 

When I ws fifteen we bought a city lot in St. George, 
and we built a home. About this time I noticed the dif¬ 
ference between boys and girls and made friends with a 
pretty little girl from Ivans Utah. After a while we became 
real friends. I promised her in our graduation year book 
that I would come back from the war and marry her. 

In October 1943 I went into the U.S. Army as a 
telephone line man, in a Railroad Battalion. It was the 
Railroad Telephonic system that ran the War Com¬ 
munication. And that made the first telephone connection 
to the Continental Ocianic Cable from Europe to the 
U.S.A. A proud day for me, and the Railroad Platoon. 

After what seemed like a life time I came home. Still 
single, I dated several of the girls, but when Kathie came 
along I finally nailed her on the 14th of April, 1949. In the 
next nine years we lived in three different states and Kathy 
gave me five darling children. They are all married and 
have given us ten grandkids. They all look like then- 
grandfather. (Beautiful children!) 

Me and my two sons own a Truck Topper Mfg. Co. with 
factories in four states. 

CODY LAMOND WILKINS 

Cody Lamond Wilkins, bom December 23, 1930 to 
Ormon LaMond and Mildred Viola Murray Wilkins, at 
Roosevelt Utah with Dr. D.P. Whitmore attending. 

Two years after my birth we moved to Washington, 
Utah, and I grew up on the farm and rode the range on the 
Arizona strip with my father. I loved to play with frogs and 
toads, make houses in the sand for them, and corrall for 
them. I liked to sit in the warm spring ditch that ran by our 
house, my Dashound was always with me. Later I learned 
to swim in the Washington canal with my brothers Keith 
and Jerry. 

Time marches on, and I graduated from Dixie High, 



Cody LaMond Wilkens Family. 


met and married Clara Jones, daughter of Ella Duncan 
and Whitney Jones November 27, 1950. The following 
month I sailed for Korea along with the national guard. I 
spent nearly two years in that war, served as Corporal with 
a dozen men under my command. Many times in combat 
and many times narrowly escaped being blown up, and 
always scared. 

On returning home we lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, 
where I attended Barber College. We have five children, 
Cody Kelly, Floyd Jones, Wendelyn, Phyllis, and Ruth. 

All are married but Ruth who is attending College. 

We have two grandchildren and two adopted, we live 
in Henderson Nevada, where I have been the ward 
Finance Clerk for seven years, been chorister for Sunday 
School and still am. Recently ordained a High Priest and 
High Priest group leader. All are active in LDS Church, 
Clara is baker for school lunch service, and I am 
Supervisor for the National park service at Mead Lake. 



Mildred Viola, Vivian Adella Murray 


NOLA MYRL WILKINS BEECROFT 


Nola Myrl Watkins Beecroft, born to Ormon LaMond 
and Mildred Viola Murray Wilkins, Feb. 20, 1936, at St. 
George Utah. 

I married Miles David Beecroft Dec. 12, 1958, in the 
home of Uncle Ralph and Aunt Helen Murray on Vine 
Street, Murray Utah, a reception was there in our honor. 

I received my first schooling in St. George, and 
learned to ride a horse at six and rode in the city’s 
homecoming parade at that age. I rode up front with the 
dignitaries. I was the pitcher on the girls baseball team I 


12 






played with Shamrocks and won the game. They asked me 
to play on their team and I declined. They looked too 
tough for me. 

I love to sing and have given readings. “White Lilacs” 
was my favorite. I was organist for the Junior Sunday 
School and took several prizes singing and playing my 
blonde guitar. I sang with a friend Wilma Stocking and we 
both picked Ukes and sang comedy numbers to ward 
socials and to prominent clubs and banquets in the Hotel 
Utah, the New House and others. 

I teach, am active in Relief Society, and am the 
organist for the Sunday School. David and I love to 
landscape and improve our beautiful home at Lehi Utah. I 
have worked for an Optometrist, Strevell Patterson for 
five years, and Garret Freight lines for higher wages as 
receptionist, ten years. 

When our third baby came, being a good mother 
meant more to us, and we are getting along as well. We 
now have three boys and they have a lovely sister. They 
are: Douglas LaMont, Tod Miles, John David, and 
Kimberly. 

KENDYL ORMON WILKINS 

Kendyl Ormon Wilkins, bom Aug. 19, 1941 to Ormon 
LaMond and Mildred Viola Murray Wilkins, at the 
McGregor hospital in St. George, Utah. 

I survived Whooping cough at months old. At four 
years old went to the swimming pool with the family 
members and stayed under the shower in the shallow pool 
and they would have to drag me out to go home at night. 
Later I could go over by myself and my mother would give 
me money to pay my way, but I lost it so many times the 
Life Guard told me to forget it and he never charged me 
anymore. 

I started to school in the basement of the St. George 
Library. My first friend there was an Indian boy named 
Melton. My parents moved to Washington five miles east 
of St. George. I didn’t like it as well and a big kid bullied 
me. I told my mother and she talked to him and it helped. 
I had been scared to walk past his place. 

We moved again to Murray Utah and at eleven years 
of age I attended the Arlington School and later graduated 
from there. I learned to play the accordian. This was a joy 
to my mother. Seven years later we moved to Mayfield, 
Utah on a big cattle ranch. We loved it there. 

I attended Snow College at Ephraim Utah, met and 
married Carla Jean Hansen, and at present we have four 
children. I am first counselor in the Bishopric, bought and 
paid for our first home, a two story four bedroom house, 
sold it, and built most of a new and larger home. 

I enjoy working in the forest and fighting forest fires. 
I’m a member of the Ambulance Association and take the 
ambulance to any emergency. 

I teach school in Salina, Utah. 

DOUGLAS JEREMIAH MURRAY 

Douglas Jeremiah Murray, bom to Jeremiah and 
Christine Elizabeth Nilson Murray, December 8, 1904 in 



Douglas Jeremiah and Erdria Lloyd Murray. 


Sandy, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Married March 21, 1925, Erdria Lloyd, born Sep¬ 
tember 21, 1908 in Panquitch Garfield County, Utah. A 
lovely daughter blessed this home on March 21, 1929. 
They named her Christina Elaine. 

When Douglas was a baby, his family packed their 
belongings into a covered wagon and headed to the 
Uintah Basin to homestead land. Becuase of the hostile 
Indians they were stopped by the Army at Daniels Canyon 
for several weeks before they were allowed to go on. 

Douglas started school in the old Wilson school 
house, later called Ballard School. The boys would stay 
out of a school in the late fall and again in the early spring, 
and they missed a great deal of school. In spite of that, 
Douglas was a studious, well educated man. 

Douglas and wife Erdria started their married life in 
Taft Calif, in the oil fields, but home sickness overcame 
them and they returned to Roosevelt and farmed and 
raised Cattle. 

In 1939 they moved to the Salt Lake area, worked at 
Kennocott Copper, and at Mill Creek as a forest ranger. 
He joined the Home Guard in World War II, stationed at 
Fort Douglas, and was guard at Kennecott for two years, 
and made the rank of Corporal. 

Douglas moved his family to Helper, Utah and 
worked for the Rail Road as car inspector. In 1953 he 
moved to Salt Lake and worked for the county roads and 
bridges until his death on July 25, 1960. 

Douglas, a kind loving person, couldn’t see any 
creature hurt or mistreated, never found fault in people, 
and only saw the good points. He always said if you can’t 
say something good don’t say anything at all. 


13 





CHRISTINE ELAINE MURRAY HARRIS 

Christine Elaine Murray Harris, born March 30, 1929, 
to Douglas Jeremiah and Erdria Lloyd Murray, in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne County, Utah, at the home of my 
grandparents Jeremiah and Christine Elizabeth Murray. 

I attended grade school until 1939, when we moved to 
the Salt Lake area. My happiest times were spent at Mill 
Creek Canyon when my father was a Forest Ranger. 

I graduated from Carbon High and attended one year 
at Carbon College. I married Orson Byron Whitney in 
1948 and we had one child, Michael Douglas Whitney, 
bom May 27, 1949. I divorced Byron in 1949, and he died 
in 1955.1 married Merle Edward Harris June 7, 1950, and 
we had two children: Linda Kay, born Sept. 22, 1951 in 
Portland Oregon, and Murray Clair, bom Aug. 14, 1956 in 
Murray Utah. 

I had a very happy childhood because of my loving 
parents and grandparents, and I have one of the world’s 
greatest husbands. We enjoy our three children and have 
a very close-knit family. 

I began working in the optical business in 1949. 
Doctor W.W. Lewis of Price, Utah, gave me my basic 
training. Since then I have worked for various companies, 
but have been with American Optical in Salt Lake City for 
the past twenty years. I am now office manager of the Salt 
Lake branch. 

MICHAEL DOUGLAS WHITNEY 

Michael Douglas Whitney, born May 27, 1949, to 
Orson Byron and Christine Elaine Murray Whitney, at 
Price, Utah. Attended Liberty Grade School and 
graduated from Granite High School, both in Salt Lake 
City. He married Hannah Romney June 20, 1970. They 
have one child, Ian Michael, born April 7, 1974, in Salt 
Lake City, Utah. 

Michael graduated from the University of Utah, 
where he majored in Political Science. After graduation 
he worked for K.A.L.L. radio as a news reporter until 
1976. In 1946 he was appointed press secretary to 



Michael Douglas, Hannah Whitney. 


Congressman Allen Howe, and he with his family made 
their home in Washington D.C. during this time. He is now 
working for United Press International in Salt Lake City, 
Utah. 

LINDA KAY HARRIS 

Linda Kay Harris, bom September 22, 1951. Moved 
to Murray, Utah, in 1953. Graduated from Murray High 
School and from LDS Business College. Worked for KSSX 
Radio and had her own talk show. She obtained her First 
Class Broadcaster’s License in 1969. 

In 1972 she went to work for David Kimball at 
David’s House of Beauty. Under David she fulfilled her 
apprenticeship in Cosmetology. She became a licensed 
beautician in 1976. She is still working for David’s House 
of Beauty, not only as a beauty operator, but also as office 
manager and bookeeper. 

MURRAY CLAIR HARRIS 

Murray Clair Harris, bora August 14, 1956, in 
Murray, Utah, to Merle Edward and Christine Elaine 
Murray Harris. He is a graduate of Murray High School. 

At age fifteen Murray went to work for "Mr. Steak” 
as a cook. At age sixteen he became Assistant Manager. 
He is now a Food Broker working for Brattens Fishery. 

Murray married Kelli Turnbow July 14, 1978. 
Baseball has always been a great love of Murray’s. He 
played Little League and Pony League, and received most 
valuable player award. At fifteen he was too old to play 
pony league, so at age seventeen he began coaching. 

RALPH NELSON MURRAY, SR. 

Ralph Nelson Murray, Sr., born September 24, 1907 
to Jeremiah and Christina Elizabeth Nelson Murray, in 
Roosevelt, Utah, on the Uintah Reservation. 

The land was opened up for homesteading for white 
settlers, and that was why my parents were there. I was the 
first white child born in Roosevelt, being their eighth 
child. Some say I was born in a covered wagon, others say 
it was a one room log cabin, just finished, the timber still 
green. I caught pneumonia and was not expected to live, 
so I was blessed at home. 

Dad, a school district superintendent, donated an 
acre or two of land at the lower end of his property for a 
school house, a one room school house with one teacher 
for the first through the eighth grade. It was called the 
Ballard School. 

Dad sold the place east of town, in 1920, and we 
moved into Roosevelt. In Nov. 1928, I left the farm and 
went to Calif, to work in the oil fields. Instead I started 
selling automobiles at Overlands and Willy Knight’s. I 
returned to Utah and sold Chevrolets for Erwin Motor 
Company in Murray, Utah. They sold out to Cannon- 
Ashton Chevrolet Co. in 1935. 

I met my wife in 1936 and we were married two 
months later. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt 
Lake LDS Temple in 1950. We have three children, Ralph 


14 








Clyde always managed to have a job if there was one. 

We loved living close to Grandpa and Grandma 
Murray, Jerry and Christine. 

They loved and enjoyed our children and we loved 
them and spent many happy hours with them. They were 
real pioneers. 

Clyde attended school at Ballard and then Roosevelt 
up to the Eighth Grade. From there he schooled his self 
studying at home. 

Clyde is a Rancher, Cattle Man, A Successful 
Business Man, and is the owner of Murray Motor Co. 

We have 25 grandchildren and 17 great¬ 
grandchildren. 



Gail Richard (Nick) Murray 
GAIL RICHARD “NICK” MURRAY 

Gail Richard “Nick” Murray, born May 29, 1932, to 
Clyde Richard and Erna Estelle Wall Murray, at Vernal 
Uintah Utah. Delivered by Dr. Pauline, at Grandma 
Pueblo’s. 

Mom had spent a month at her Mother’s waiting for 
her first baby’s birth. Being oldest in a family of six living 
children, he carried most of the responsibilities and heavy 
loads. He was taught to work at Dad’s Service Station after 
school, and when basketball season came his friends all 
played basketball. Though his heart yearned to play, he 
knew his Dad expected him at the station, and he fulfilled 
his duty. 

He was taught survival work of families in those 
years; chopping wood and coal, milking cows, feeding 
pigs, chickens, hauling hay and cleaning the manure out of 
the corralls. He learned to ride horses while very young. 



Kathryn Murray and Robert Wayne Roberts, April, Ryan. 
Jeremy. 


and much against Mom’s better judgement we watched 
him on his untamed horse, snubbed up to Dad's, bucking 
down the road. 

His first and true love was hunting, fishing and the 
mountains. He always told us he was born a hundred years 
too late. He was a rancher and automobile dealer, served 
many years on the board of the Commercial Club, 
coached little league basketball. He was a member of the 
LDS Church, and Executive Secretary for Bishop Gilbert. 

Married at the age of eighteen Revella Kimball, Nov. 
3, 1950. This was a stormy marriage with many highs and 
lows, but from this union came six beautiful children: 

Gayla Christine, February 11, 1952; Marilyn, 

February 26, 1953; Lana, October 17, 1954; Kathryn 
“Katie”, Nov. 19, 1955; Clyde Richard “Rickie”, August 8, 
1957, and Douglas Ray, September 8, 1958. 

Nick was proud of his family, loved them more than 
life. In July 1975 he told me his biggest regret was he had 
wasted so much of his life, and the sad part of it was, you 
don't get a second chance. His greatest wish was that each 
of his children would take the opportunity to go through 
the Temple so they could be together as a family, 
throughout time and eternity. ’ 

He married Rebecca Jane Hackford, May 4, 1970, in 
Denver Colo. This was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS 
Temple. He died Nov. 1, 1975 of Leukemia. 



Wayne Edward and Gayla Murray Griswold. 


GAYLA MURRAY GRISWOLD 

Gayla Murray Griswold, bom February 11, 1952, to 
Gail Richard and Revella Kimball Murray, in Roosevelt, 


16 








Duchesne Co., Utah. Married May 25, 1973 at Roosevelt, 
Utah, to Wayne Edward Griswold, born August 5, 1950, in 
Haden Colo. This couple have three children at present. 
Angega Nichole, born Feb. 28, 1976, in Vernal, Utah. 
Timothy Aaron bom August 9, 1977, in Vernal Utah. 
Tarin Christopher bom Oct. 12,1979, in Vernal Utah. 



Gary Lynn and Marilyn Murray Trevoralan Baker. 


MARILYN MURRAY BAKER 

Marilyn Murray Baker, born February 26, 1953, at 
Roosevelt Duchesne, Co., Utah, to Gail Richard and 
Revelle Kimball Murray. Married Gary Lynn Baker July 
25, 1975, in Roosevelt, Utah. This marriage was solem¬ 
nized in the Logan Temple, July 31, 1976. Trevor Alan 
Baker was born to them April 24, 1977 at Rexburg, Idaho. 

KATHRYN MURRAY ROBERTS 

Kathryn Murray Roberts, bora November 18, 1955, to 
Gail Richard and Revelle Kimball Murray, in Roosevelt 
Duchesne Co., Utah. Married Sept. 22, 1973, in Roosevelt 
Utah to Wayne Roberts, bora Aug. 31, 1954, in Salem, 
Illinois. They are blessed with three children: 

April Lorien, born January 30, 1974, in Roosevelt, 
Utah. 

Ryan Addison, bom Sept. 13, 1975, in Vernal Utah. 

Jeremy Wayne, bora Dec. 8, 1979. 

CLYDE RICHARD MURRAY 



Douglas Ray and Susan Lane Murray. Jerry Clyde Hansen. 


LOIS CLARENE MURRAY HANSEN 

Lois Clarene Murray Hansen, bora May 21, 1934, at 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah to Clyde Richard and Ema 
Estella Wall Murray. Married Fritz Hansen December 6, 
1952 at the home of her parents, Clyde R. and Erna E. 
Murray in Roosevelt, Utah. 

Fritz worked in grocery stores in the Roosevelt and 
Salt Lake area for 18 years. In 1972, he went to work for 
Keebler Cookie Company, and we moved to Durango 
Colorado. In 1974 he was made a District Manager and we 
were transfered to Grand Junction, Colo. 

After a few short months we were transfered in 1975 
to Great Falls Montana. In 1978 we transfered to Boise 
Idaho. We love to move to new places and meeting new 
friends. Each area has a special meaning to us and the only 
sad thing is leaving good friends behind. 

We are the parents of three children, grandparent’s of 
two. Our daughter met and married Ronald Dale 
Frederick, HI. Our eldest son, Jerry Clyde, served a 
mission for the LDS Church from November 1, 1975 to 
November 1,1977, in Washington State. Our youngest son 
David Dean is a sophomore in high school. 

DONNA K. MURRAY DAVIES 


Clyde Richard Murray, bom August 8, 1957, in 
Provo, Utah, to Gail Richard and Revella Kimball 
Murray. Married Janet Cornwall. Jeannie Marie Murray 
was born to them July 2,1979 in Vernal, Utah. 

DOUGLAS RAY MURRAY 

Douglas Ray Murray, bora September 8, 1958, in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne Co., Utah, to Gail Richard and 
Revella Kimbal Murray. Married September 11, 1976, in 
Rock Springs Wyoming. Susan Lane Critton, born May 25, 
1959 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

Niccole Rae Murray was bora to them Aug. 8, 1977, 
in Vernal Utah. 


Donna K. Murray Davies, bora 12 August 1936, to 
Clyde Richard and Erna Estella Wall Murray, at 
Roosevelt, Duchesne County, Utah. 

At the time of my brith there was a funeral in Woods 
Cross Utah, in memory of my cousin, Donald McClellan, 
an electrician. During an electrical storm outage he was 
accidentally killed. My father and family members were 
away to the funeral. Mother gave birth to me at home in 
Roosevelt, with the aid of Doctor Saunders, a neighbor 
lady and a young girl named Pearl. 

The third child of a family of seven, my childhood 
was pretty ordinary, growing up with household and farm 
chores, attended schools in Roosevelt and graduated from 
Union High School in 1954.1 was courted by a young man 


17 




Michael Tad, Hellene, Donna K. and Venoy 



The complete family 


from Utahn, in Dec. of the same year, and we were 
married. We later solemnized our marriage in the Logan 
LDS Temple December 15, 1962. My husband is Venoy 
Davies, a son of Hazel Ann Kofford and David Davies. 

We lived the first year in Roosevelt and were blessed 
with a son, Michael Tad, born Sept. 14, 1955. When he 
was several weeks old, we moved to Salt Lake City and 
resided there for several years and again were blessed with 
a baby girl Kellene, born March 10, 1958. In the fall of 
1959, we moved to Roosevelt but we decided we could 
better ourselves in the city so we moved to Bountiful. In 
February 1963, we moved into our home. 

We have been blessed through the years. Our son 
served an LDS Mission to Sweden and will soon graduate 
from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science 
Degree, he will be Material Science Engineer. He is 
married, has a little boy and a baby due in June. 

Our daughter has many fine qualities and talents, she 
is married, has a little boy and a baby due in August. 

Among my interests and hobbies my families come 
first — being a mother and grandmother, then arts and 
crafts, crochet, quilting, writing poems, etc. I enjoy 
cooking and new recipes, have considered a cookbook as 
a project. I sold Real Estate in Bountiful for years and due 
to health problems and conflicting schedules with my 
husband’s work I put that aside. I am Ward Librarian at 
present and have served in the Relief Society, Primary, 
and Sunday School. I plan to join the Daughters of Utah 
Pioneers in the near future. 


MICHAEL TAD DAVIES 

Michael Tad Davies, born September 14, 1955, to 
Vanoy and Donna “K” Murray Davies, at Roosevelt 
Duchesne County, Utah. 

Married Cheri Kathleen Kitten Trench in the Salt 
Lake LDS Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 14, 1977. 
Christopher Michael Davies was born to them on 
November 27, 1978, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

KELLENE DAVIES TAK 

Kellene Davies Tak, born March 10, 1958, at Murray 
Utah, to Venoy and Donna “K” Murray Davies. Married 
Raymond Lee Tak, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, Salt 
Lake City, Utah, August 12, 1977. Steven Ray Tak was 
born to them February 25, 1979, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

JEREMIAH MARTIN MURRAY 

Jeremiah Martin Murray, born Aug. 10, 1940, to 
Clyde Richard and Ema Estella Wall Murray. Married 
Jan. 8, 1962, in the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah, 
to Carolyn Jean Stoddard, born to Edgar Bert and Evelyn 
Jeane Biberson Stoddard, February 8, 1942. They have 
four children: 

Cory Lynn, born April 19, 1963, in Roosevelt, Utah. 

Lonny Clyde, December 5, 1964, in Roosevelt, Utah. 

Leslie Ann, September 25, 1971 in Heber, Utah. 

Jodi Louise, Jan. 19, 1976, in Heber, Utah. 



Larry Clyde Murray Family 
LARRY CLYDE MURRAY 


Larry Clyde Murray, born June 24,1947 the fifth child 
of Clyde Richard and Ema Estella Wall Murray, at 
Roosevelt, Duchesne County, Utah. 

I attended Roosevelt Elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High, 
and graduated from Union High School at Roosevelt 
Utah. I also attended Provo Trade Tech for a short time 
and studied Electronics. 

I married Cheryl June Wooley, November 25, 1965 in 
LaPoint Utah. Our marriage was solemnized in the Salt 
Lake Temple November 30, 1967. We made our residence 
in Roosevelt, Utah, where I have worked for my father as 
general manager of Murray Motor GMC trucks and 


18 







Pontiac cars. I also operate a small ranch in Neola, Utah. 

I have also been active in community affairs where I 
served for one term on the bureau of land management 
Advisory Board; I served on the board of directors for the 
Roosevelt Commercial club, I served as Lions Club 
President for two terms; and I organized and served two 
terms as President of the Duchesne County Sportsman 
Club. I served one term as a member of the Water 
pollution Board for the State of Utah. 

We have five children Cheryl Dawn, Roy Wayne, 
Calvin Lane, Karen, and Nikki Marie. We are expecting 
our sixth child. I have held several positions in the LDS 
Church nine years in the Elders Quorum Presidency and 


now serving as the president of the Sunday School. 


DANNY WAYNE MURRAY 


Danny Wayne Murray, born to Clyde Richard and 
Ema Estella Wall Murray, July 17, 1950, in Roosevelt 
Utah. Married Kristine Shurtliff, Oct. 25, 1969 in 
Roosevelt, Utah. They are parents of three children. 

Tammy Jo, born December 27, 1971 in Roosevelt, 
Utah. 

Katherine Ann, born June 1, 1973, in Roosevelt, 
Utah. 

Kristy Kay, born Feb. 12, 1975, in Roosevelt, Utah. 


Elda. Guy, Vernon, Adella. Mildred. Douglas. Ralph. Clyde. April 1952. 


GENEALOGY 
by Alice S. Redden 


I dreamed my Father called me home across the great divide, 

I was very much bewildered I thought surely I had died. 

St. Peter met me at the gate. He said, “Come follow me. 
There’s something I must show you, something you must see.” 

Then 1 saw rows of people standing in a line. 

When I looked them over, they were relatives of mine. 

Some among that massive crowd I remembered well. 

Some had lived long years before I came to earth to dwell. 

They were Great Grandparents whom I was glad to see 
But when I walked toward them, they turned away from me. 

Then I saw my cousins, my uncles and my aunts. 

They said to me accusingly, “We didn't have a chance 

To do the work that must be done to start us on our way 
To gain for us Eternal Life, so here we have to stay.” 

My father and my mother, too were standing apart 
They looked so disappointed. It made the tear drops start. 


I turned and saw my Savior, on his face there was a frown. 

"I died upon the cross for them and you have let them down. 

Behold your noble ancesters, waiting for the day 

When you would open up the gates to help them on their way.” 

My heart was very heavy as I looked these people o’er. 

The blinding tears ran down my face. I turned to Him once more 

“Please blessed Savior, send me back, I’ll make another try. 

I’ll do the work for all my kin. I’m not prepared to die. 

I will not pass a single one, I’m so ashamed, dear Lord. 

I’ll try to do each ordinance according to my word.” 

Then I awoke the dream was gone I had not passed away. 

But I made resolutions to start that very day. 

Baptisms, endowments, and sealings, I found were not a few. 

The more I searched and searched the more I found to do. 

But I will keep on hunting and searching all the while 
Next time I meet my ancestors. I’ll meet them with a smile. 


19 







SARAH PETERSON FAMILY 



Peter and Sarah Ellen Murray Peterson. 


SARAH ELLEN MURRAY PETERSEN 

Sarah Ellen Murray Petersen, born July 28, 1866, to 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray and Karen Mariah Nielson, in 
Southern Utah. Married Peter Fjelster Petersen 24 
September, 1887, in Spanish Fork, Utah. 

Eight children were bom: Riley Fjelster, bora, June 7, 
1888. Hannah Mariah, bora October 25, 1890. Ivan 
Martin, born July 10, 1893. Ellen Elizabeth, bora 
December 27, 18%. Oral, born May 9, 1898. Marvin 
Burch, born February 25, 1901. Edna Christine, bora 
August 26, 1903. 

Mary, bora December 20, 1907. Died December 20, 
1907. 

Peter Fjelster Petersen died October 8, 1887, Sarah 
Ellen died June 2, 1930. 

Peter Fjelster spelled Petersen with an “e”, while his 
children spelled it with an “o”. Peter and Sarah’s temple 
work was done October 17, 1930. 

Peter F. Peterson was bora in 1861, in Warsaw, 
Denmark and came to this country in 1871. He came from 
Mt. Pleasant, Utah, to Jensen in 1893. He married Sarah 
Ellen Murray, daughter of Hatch and Maria Neilson. 

RILEY FJELSTER PETERSON 

Riley Fjelster Peterson was born June 7, 1888 in 
Lakeshore, Utah, Utah, to Sarah Ellen Murray and Peter 
Fjelster Petersen. Married Mary Hatfield, February 3, 


1909. Five children were born to them: 

Emma Ellen, born Jan. 3, 1910; Leora, bora April 20, 
1912; Peter, born Aug. 15, 1913, died August 15, 1913; 
Elvin Fjelster, born March 14, 1915, died June 3, 1937; 
Mart Joseph, born Nov. 14, 1916. 

Riley was baptized Oct. 9, 1898; his temple work was 
done; endowed Sept. 11, 1919, sealed Sept. 13, 1919. Riley 
died Feb. 4, 1919. 

HANNAH MARIAH PETERSON 

Born Oct. 25, 1890, to Sarah Ellen Murray and Peter 
Fjelster Petersen, at Lakeshore, Utah, Utah. Baptized 
Sept. 1, 1899. Died May 10, 1900. Endowment done for 
her Oct. 19, 1924, sealed to parents Oct. 17, 1930. 

IVAN MARTIN PETERSON 

Ivan Martin Peterson, bora July 10, 1893, in 
Lakeshore, Utah County, Utah to Sarah Ellen Murray and 
Peter Fjelster Petersen. Married Lillian Swell Dec. 24, 
1915. Five children were bora to them: 


1. Mason Peterson, born Oct. 8, 1917. Now living in 
Galt, Calif, 95632. 2. Eva Lue Peterson, born June 18, 
1921. Died July 1, 1934. 3. Essie Peterson, born Sept. 10, 



Ivan and Rose Peterson. 


20 



Mason, Lillian and Essie Peterson. 


1925. Baptized Aug. 4, 1934. Now living in Redwood City, 
Calif. 94061. 4. Baby boy, born June 4, 1930, died June 4, 
1930. 5. Baby boy, born June 5, 1932, died June 5, 1932. 

Ivan was baptized July 6, 1902. His temple work was 
done; endowed March 19, 1966. Ivan died Feb. 14, 1961. 

ELLEN ELIZABETH PETERSON, born December 27, 
1896, Jensen, Uintah, Utah, to Sarah Ellen Murray and 
Peter Fjelster Petersen. Baptized May 7, 1904; died Nov. 
26, 1909. Her temple work done; endowed October 19, 
1924. Sealed to parents, Oct. 17, 1930, MT. 



Oral and Sarah Dudley Peterson. 


born Oct. 8, 1921; Virginia, born Dec. 11, 1923; Eloise, 
born Feb. 16, 1926. They later moved from Jensen to 
Ballard — just east of Roosevelt. Richard was born there 
Feb. 29, 1928 on the old Horrocks Ranch, which was 
owned by my mother's sister Bird and Dave Horrocks. 

Then my grandfather Marion Dudley passed away, 
leaving his home in Jensen to my mother. They moved 
back to Jensen, fixed up the old place and started a good 
cow herd. 

In Sept. 1939, he passed away at home after a long 
fight with bone cancer. With the love and care of his faith¬ 
ful wife, he was able to endure this painful illness. During 
this time, he had many conversations with those who had 
gone before him — especially his mother Sarah Ellen, and 
his brother Riley. He lived such a full life in such a short 
time. 



By a daughter, Eloise Horrocks 


ORA PETERSON 

Ora Peterson, born Feb. 23, 1920, in Jensen, Uintah 
Co., Utah, to Sarah Ann Dudley and Oral Peterson. 
Married June Dee Curfew on Sept. 6, 1939. Four children 
were born to them: 

1. Tamara Curfew, born May 11, 1940. 2. Verl Dee 
Curfew, born Sept. 27, 1941.3. John Herbert Curfew, bom 
Dec. 20, 1943. 4. Deborah Curfew, born Sept. 22, 1947. 

Ora was baptized July 6, 1929. Her temple work was 
done, endowments Sept. 6, 1939. Sealed Sept. 6, 1939. 


ORAL PETERSON 


LYN A. MORRILL AND TAMARA CURFEW 


Oral Peterson, born to Peter Felster and Sarah Ellen 
Murray Peterson on May 9, 1898, shortly after the family 
moved from Spanish Fork to Jensen. 

He attended the Jensen school. He played the organ 
for church and sang in the choir. He had a great love for 
music and collected records for the old Victrola. He 
collected poems and pasted them in an album. 

Oh how he loved to dance! I remember mother saying 
he would rather miss a good meal than miss a dance. 

In 1919, on July 16, he married Sarah Ann Dudley. 
Work was scarce, and my father, a strong person, worked 
on the mountain, in the timber, and on the roads. By then, 
they had four children— Ora, bom Feb. 23, 1920; Blake, 


Lyn A. Morrill and Tamara Curfew were married 
June 2, 1958 at the Salt Lake Temple. Attending were 
many relatives and friends. 

They lived in Pleasant Valley and Lyn worked at 
Myton for Standard Gilsonite Company. Later in the year 
they moved to Roosevelt. Tamara worked at the 
Telephone Office as an operator. They moved back to 
Myton. They were very active in the church. Lyn played 
basketball and they both worked in the M.I.A. 

Lyn then went to work at Bonanza and Tamara later 
joined him when her transfer went through. They lived in 
Vernal for a few years. 

A daughter blessed their home on November 7, 1961. 


21 




They named her Lynnette. (She was a beautiful child). 

Lyn then went to work on Road Construction with 
“Strongs” and he really enjoyed his work. They lived in 
Provo and Price. On May 29, 1963, a son blessed their 
home. They named him Greg Lyn. When Greg was two 
weeks old, they moved to Granger, Utah. While there, 
Tamara worked in the Primary. Lyn’s job was on the new 
Interstate roads they were starting. 

At Christmas time, they moved their trailer to Jensen 
and lived by Grandmother and Grandpa Curfew. Lyn 
worked for Coke-a-Cola Bottling. 

They were blessed with another son on 30 July 1965, 
his name is Brent Dee. That same year they bought their 
own home and 35 acres of land. They went into business 
raising hogs with Tamara’s dad, Dee Curfew. 

Tonja Ann, a second daughter was born on the 16th 
of June, 1967. They had a foster daughter from Arizona, 
Rosita Yazzie. She lived with them for four years. 

Tamara served as Primary Teacher, a Sunday School 
Teacher, Jr. Sunday School Coordinator, M.I.A. President 
and Visiting Teacher. Lyn was second Counseler under 
Bishop Meril Snow for six months and first counselor to 
Bishop Wade Slaugh for nearly nine years. They were a 
very happy family. 

In 1973, they had a little Angel come to live with 
them. They named her after each of them. Tamilyn 
arriving just before Christmas December 24, 1973. 

When there was hardship, our family always went to 
the Lord with it. Prayer was an important part of our life. 

Another foster daughter came to live with them, her 
name is Vernita Yazzie. 

Lyn was released from the Bishopric and put in as 
High Priest Group Leader. They went to the temple a lot 
and did Genealogy work. 

In August 1979, Lyn was called to be Bishop of the 
Jensen Ward. This was a wondeful thing for our family 
even though we didn't see our dad as much and we all had 
to work harder. Lyn was 41, Tamara 39, Lynnette 18, Greg 
16, Brent 14, Tonja 12, and Tamilyn 6. 

This year is 1980. 



Lyn A. Morrill and Tamara Cufew; Lynnette, Greg Lyn. Brent 
Dee, Tonja Ann, Tamilyn. 



John and Julie Curfew: Sarah, Cassie, Joseph, Leiland, David, 
and Julie. 


JOHN HERBERT CURFEW 

John Herbert Curfew, born Dec. 20, 1943, in Jensen, 
Uintah Co., Utah. To Ora Peterson and June Dee Curfew. 
Married Julia Ann Anderson Kaye, December 11, 1964. 
Their were seven children born to them. 

1. David Anderson Curfew, born June 3, 1953. 2. Tina 
Lavann Curfew, born June 8, 1955. 3. Leiland Curfew, 
bom July 25,1961. 4. Julia Ann Curfew, bom July 11, 1963. 
5. Cassie Ora, born Feb. 25, 1966. 6. Joseph Dee Curfew, 
born Feb. 13, 1971. 7. Sarah Olive Curfew, born Feb. 25, 
1973. 

Julia Ann had her temple work done, endowed May 
28, 1965. Sealed May 28, 1965. Other marriage to David 
Kaye. Child 1, 2, 3 and 4 were from first marriage, but 
were adopted and sealed to this marriage. 



Lloyd and Debra Curfew Clark. 


DEBORA CURFEW CLARK 

Debora Curfew Clark, daughter of June Dee and Ora 
Petersen Curfew, was bom September 24,1947 in Vernal, 
Utah. 

Married Lloyd Clark, June 4, 1965, in the LDS 
Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alec Lloyd, a son, was 


22 







Karine, Shelly, Ronald, Lana, Troy Walker. 

LANA PETERSON 

Lana Peterson, bom Aug. 21, 1946, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Ila May Wilkins and Blake L. Peterson. Married 
Dec. 7,1962, to Ronald George Walker. There were three 
children bom to them: 

1. Shelly Walker, born March 31, 1964. 2. Karine 
Walker, bom Dec. 6, 1966. 3. Troy R. Walker, born Jan. 7, 
1975. 


Arlen G. and Susan Holmes Peterson: Chett B. and Treisa Lee. 

ARLEN G. PETERSON 

Arlen G. Peterson, bom April 14, 1952, in Vernal 
Utah, to Blake and Ila May Wilkins Peterson, married 
Susan Lee Holmes, July 11, 1975, to this union was bom a 
beautiful baby girl, Treisa Lee, June 23, 1977, and a baby 
brother Chett B. May 13, 1979. Both children were born in 
Vernal, Utah. Arlen is now working at Intermountain 
Concrete Co. as a crusher. Susan, his wife, keeps busy as a 
homemaker and mother. 


Jackson Williams Alec Clark Brandi Clark 


born to them Jan. 25, 1966. Debora said "I am thankful for 
the power of the Priesthood and for the doctors that were 
there. Alec and I both would have lost our lives if we had 
not been so blessed. I being a diabetic had my com¬ 
plications, and Alec came premature." A daughter, Brandi 
Rockell, was born Sept. 29, 1971. 

We live in Vernal and Lloyd works for H.S. Sowards 
and Sons. Alec is a teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood. 
Jackson Williams, our Foster Lamanite son, has lived with 
us for three years. Lloyd and I both enjoy our church 
work, he is scout master and I am Relief Society 
President. Debora was baptized April 2, 1956, her temple 
work has been done, endowed June 4, and sealed June 4, 
1965. 


Ila May Wilkins and Blake L. Peterson. Marie Peterson. 


BLAKE "L” PETERSON 


Blake “L” Peterson, born Oct. 8, 1921, in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah, to Sarah Ann Dudley and Oral Peterson. 
Married Ila May Wilkins Nov. 6, 1944. Their were four 
children bom to them: 

1. Lana Peterson, bom Aug. 21, 1946. 2. Marie 
Peterson, born July 16, 1948. 3. Arlen G. Peterson, bom 
Apr. 14, 1952. 4. Keith B. Peterson, born Dec. 20, 1956. 

Blake was baptized Aug. 3, 1930. His temple work 
was done, endowed Sept. 17, 1965. Sealed Sept. 17, 1965. 


23 








Keith B. and Verna Irene Richens Peterson; Jared K., and 
Rhett B. 


KEITH B. PETERSON 

Keith B. Peterson, born Dec. 20, 1956, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Ila May Wilkins and Blake L. Peterson. 
Married Verna Irene Richins March 21, 1975. There were 
two children born to them: 

1. Jared .K. Peterson, born Oct. 19, 1975. 2. Rhett B 
Peterson, born Oct. 24, 1977. 

Keith was baptized March 6, 1965. 


work, then worked with one Oil Company for twenty four 
years with two years out to enlist and serve his country in 
the Navy C.B.’s. 

Our son was born in July 1964. We named him Zade 
Oral Clayton. His hobbies are many: racing motorcycles, 
has won many trophies, skiing, building models, collecting 
assorted posters, hunting and fishing. A sophomore at 
Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah, he enjoys most 
athletic sports. 

Gerald and Virginia, in 1965, went into business for 
themselves, oil related work, they bought large trucks, and 
named the company The Hot Oil Service Inc. 

I, Virginia belong to many Auxiliary Organizations, 
the American Legion Auxiliary thirty two years, secretary 
in the Ladies’ Volunteer Fire Dept, for fifteen years, 
Ladies of Elks six years. Ladies Oriental Shrine North 
America Inc., three years, and child welfare chairman. I 
help in the Shriners hospital in Salt Lake City and at the 
Uintah County Hospital in Vernal (for the children.) 

My hobbies are: collecting petrified wood, bowling, 
and at this time I am working with children of all ages in 
the Junior Bowling Association, as their coach and 
secretary. I am in my seventh year as secretary, for the 
four women bowling leagues I work with. In all my work I 
have taken a few days off and attended some beautiful 
conventions and national tournaments. Other than all of 
these things I do, I am just a housewife. 



Gerald Zade Clayton; Zade Oral and Virginia Peterson 
Clayton. 


JUNIUS PAUL HACKING 

Junius Pal Hacking, born Aug. 28, 1910, in Maeser, 
Uintah Co. Utah, to Joseph Pearson and Carrie Claire 
Stringham Hacking. Married Virginia Peterson Feb. 26, 
1944, in Price, Carbon, Utah. She was the daughter of Oral 
and Sarah Ann Dudley Peterson and born Dec. 11, 1923, 
in Jensen, Uintah Co., Utah. 

Children: 

Janet Hacking bom Sept. 9, 1944 in Vernal Uintah 
Co., Utah. Died Sept. 9, 1944. 

Julie Hacking born April 22, 1946 in Uintah County, 
Utah. Died April 25, 1946. 

Virginia was baptized August 4, 1934. 


VIRGINIA PETERSON CLAYTON 

Virginia Peterson Clayton, born to Oral and Sarah 
Dudley Peterson, in Jensen Uintah Co., Utah, December 
11, 1923. 

Grew up on a farm, and graduated from Uintah High 
School, Vernal, Utah, and went to Salt Lake City to attend 
LDS Business College. I came back to Vernal and worked 
as secretary for Basin Auto Supply Co., and have worked 
ever since as a secretary, either for wages or for free. 

I met my husband Gerald Zade Clayton in 1958, and 
we starting dating. He finally got up enough nerve to ask 
me to marry him. Gerald Zade Clayton, bom May 7, 1917 
to Zade Parker and Birdie T. Doores Clayton, in Blue 
Jacket, Greg Co. Oklahoma. We were married March 17, 
1961 in Grand Junction, Colo. 

Gerald worked on numerous jobs mostly with oil 


ELOISE PETERSON CURFEW HORROCKS 

Eloise Peterson Curfew Horrocks, bom Feb. 16, 1926, 
to Oral and Sarah Ann Dudley Peterson, at Jensen, Uintah 
Co. Utah. 

I went to grade school in Jensen, and rode a bus to 
Vernal, Utah for my junior and senior high classes and my 
seminary classes. I loved art and singing in the Glee Club. 

On March 3, 1943, I married John Edmond Curfew. 
For three years he was in the army, in Europe and the 
Phillipines. May 11, 1945, we had a son, Richard Edmond, 
and to our sorrow he passed away on May 12, 1945. 
Beverly was born Jan. 13, 1947. Donald L. was bom June 
2, 1949. 

We had built a home on the Dinosaur Comer and 
lived there. Ed was working in the oil field, then we went 


24 








Bryan Robinson Kevin Robinson Leslie Ann 


DONALD L. CURFEW 

Donald L. Curfew, born to John Edmond and Eloise 
Peterson Curfew, June 2, 1949, at Vernal Uintah, Utah. 

I grew up and went to school in Jensen, Utah, 
graduated from Uintah High School, was active in F.F.A. 
and was a four year seminary graduate. Attended Utah 
State University. 

I married Susan Carol Cook June 7, 1968. We lived in 
Vernal and I worked for fish and game as student trainee. 
That fall we returned to Utah State University and Jan. 
19691 enlisted in the armor tanks of the Army. 

Our first son Douglas was bora March 4, 1969 at Fort 
Ord Calif. I was shipped to Fort Knox Kentucky for 
training, not an easy job, and then to Korea for thirteen 
months, with the Seventh Infantry as H.H.C. training 
N.C.O. and was promoted to Sargent, and received the 
Army Commemoration Medal. Thirty days leave in the 
U.S.A. with my wife and son. Then off to Europe as the 
training NCO for ‘A’ Co. Third Armored Division at 
Kirchgons, Germany, known as the Rock. My wife and 
son joined me here, we went to church in Giessen, a small 
branch but enjoyable. We traveled a lot: Belgium, 


Beverly and Reese Brent Robinson 


John Edmond Curfew, Eloise Peterson Curfew Horrocks. 


to farming on the Sunshine ranch. I was music director in 
Primary, and then president. In 1953 Ed was president of 
the young mens’ M.I.A. 

March 8, 1954 Kathryn was bom. When she was six 
weeks old we moved to Bear Lake and lived on a ranch 
just outside of Garden City, Utah. Then back to the 
Sunshine Ranch in Jensen. I served as Relief Society 
President, loved the work so much. I had been a visiting 
teacher since sixteen years old. Ed was put in the 
bishopric and made a High Priest. In 1958 we built a new 
home in Jensen where we lived until May 5, 1970 when we 
got a civil divorce. 

On Oct. 16, 1970 I married Delbert Horrocks. We 
both love to dance, and are involved with the senior 
citizens. We live on his ranch on Indian bench near 
Roosevelt, Utah. I have been a counselor in Primary in 
Ballard North Ward, also Culture Refinement Teacher. 
Worked several years at Utahn Saddle Shop, tooling 
leather for saddles and belts. I love crocheting and em¬ 
broidery work for hobbies. 


BEVERLY CURFEW ROBINSON 


Beverly Curfew Robinson, bora Jan. 13, 1947, to John 
Edmond and Eloise Peterson Curfew at Vernal Uintah 
Co., Utah. 

After graduating from Uintah High School, I left 
Jensen in 1965 to attend College at Utah State University 
in Logan, Utah. There I met Brent Robinson and we were 
married June 6, 1967. In 1968-we moved to Washington 
D.C. where Brent had employment with NASA and I was 
employed in Alexandria Virginia with Household Finance 
Corporation. We moved to Rochester New York where 
we remained until 1975. During this time son Bryan was 
born, May 12, 1970, in Rochester N.Y. Also, a son Kevin 
w as bom June 20, 1973, in Rochester, N.Y. 

We had the unusual opportunity of experiencing life 
m Saudi Arabia. The year was filled with travel and 
cultural experiences in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. 
In 1976 we once again returned to Utah, where we were 
blessed with a daughter Leslie, bora Nov. 15, 1977. 



Kathy Peterson and Jeffery Welborn, son Gary, Kathryn and 
Theresa Kay. 


KATHRYN CURFEW WELBORN 


Donald and Susan Curfew, Douglas. Robert David and Laura 
Lee. 

England, France, and Switzerland, and all over Germany. 

December 1971 I became a civilian. We settled in 
Denver Colo. I worked as a draftsman by day and as 
security guard at night for Tri County Patrol. My Susan, 
an outstanding secretary, also worked. We got tired of the 
City and moved to Vernal. I worked as a draftsman, but 
pay was so low I went back to the Army as a construction 
draftsman. 

October 1, 1972, Laura was born. We were sent to 
Fort Carson Colo. We owned our home in Colorado 
Springs and lived there for two and one half years. We 
were sent to Long View Wash., as recruting officer. We 
liked it there. The climate, a little wet, but fishing, wild 
black berries, beaches, and mountains were great. 

We were involved in Church. I was scout master and 
deacon teacher. Sue worked in Primary. We were all busy. 
Susan canned everything from green beans to black berry 
jam. 

On June 15, 1976 Robert David was born. A year later 
a new assignment to Germany as construction foreman for 
two years a senior draftsman. We have enjoyed our stay in 
Karlsruhe Germany, the privilege of going through the 
Swiss LDS Temple and touring Europe. 

I am financial clerk and Susan Cultural Refinement 
Leader in the Stake, also Spiritual Leader in the Branch. 
We are busy in the work of the Lord and happy. As a 
family we go bicycling ‘Marathon’. We have won several 
medals as a family. We play mandolin, guitars and do 
leather work, love sports of all kinds. We are looking 
forward to making our home in Jensen, Utah, on the banks 
of Green River. 


Kathryn Curfew Welborn, born March 8, 1954 to 
John Edmond and Eloise Peterson Curfew, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. 

I was raised in Jensen, Utah, and went to school in 
Vernal. I married Jeffrey Jacob Welborn, Dec. 28, 1974 in 
Las Vegas Nevada. We have two children, Gary Leon, 
born Jan. 31, 1971, and Theresa Kay, born Aug. 12, 1977. 
We are now living in Roosevelt, Utah, where Jeff is 
working as a welder. 


Richard and Lola Gurr Peterson. 


RICHARD RILEY PETERSON 


Richard Riley Peterson, bom Feb. 29, 1928, in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne Co., Utah, to Sarah Ann Dudley and 






Oral Peterson. Married Lola Gurr, April 26, 1950. There 
were two children born to them: 

1. Karen Peterson, born Jan. 4, 1954. 2. Chad 
Peterson, born June 28, 1956. 

Richard was baptized June 3, 1939. Sealed Jan. 14, 
1977. 



Chad and Carolyn Lenora Krien Peterson 
Scott Riley, Justin R., Bryce 


CHAD PETERSON 

Chad Peterson, born June 28, 1956, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Lola Gurr and Richard Riley Peterson. Married 
Carolyn Lenora Krien Jan. 29, 1977. They have had three 
children bom to them: 

1. Justin R. Peterson, bom July 13, 1977. 2. Scott 
Riley Peterson, bom Dec. 5, 1978. 3. Bryce DeWayne 
Peterson, bom May 7, 1980. 



Larry Foster and Karen Peterson Gross 
Jannette, Jason, Stephanie 


KAREN PETERSON 

Karen Peterson, bom Jan. 4, 1954, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Lola Gurr and Richard Riley Peterson. Married 
Larry Foster Gross, June 2, 1972. They have had three 
children bom to them: 

L Jannette Lee Gross, bom May 22, 1973. 2. Jason 


Larry Gross, born May 22, 1973. 3. Stephanie Juan Gross, 
born March 7,, 1979. 

Karen was baptized Jan. 6, 1962. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowments Jan. 14, 1977. Sealed Jan. 
14, 1977. 



Marba, Marvin, Mary, and Fran Peterson. 


MARVIN BURCH PETERSON 

Marvin Burch Peterson, born Feb. 25, 1901, in 
Jensen, Uintah Co., Utah, to Sarah Ellen Murray and 
Peter Fjelster Petersen. Married Mary Elizabeth 
Greenhow, June 22, 1925. Three children were bom to 
them: 

1. Marba Ellen Peterson, bora April 27, 1927. 2. Fran 
D. Peterson, born March 9, 1935. 3. Stanley F. Peterson, 
born June 30, 1938, died May 30, 1941. 

Marvin was baptized Oct. 7, 1910. His temple work 
was done, endowed March 10, 1965, sealed March 10, 
1965. Marvin died October 7, 1976. 



Grant and Marba Peterson Ainge, Morgan, and Susan 


MARBA ELLEN PETERSON 

Marba Ellen Peterson, born April 27, 1927, in Vernal 
Uintah, Utah, to Mary Elizabeth Greenhow and Marvin 
Burch Peterson. Married Grant Ainge Feb. 25, 1946. 
There were three children bom to them: 

1. Ronald Grant Ainge, born Jan. 4, 1947. 

2. Susan Mary Ainge, born July 5, 1949. 


27 





3. Morgan Grant Ainge, born March 22, 1952. 

Marba was baptized Dec. 4, 1937. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowed March 5, 1957. Sealed 
March 5, 1957. 

SUSAN MARY AINGE 

Susan Mary Ainge, born July 5, 1949, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Marba Ellen Peterson and Grant Ainge. 
Married Douglas Wayne Moody, May 31, 1968. They have 
had three children bom to them: 

1. Shawn Eugene Moody, bom Aug. 19, 1966. 2. 
Wesley Douglas Moody; born May 4, 1969. 3. Julie Ellen 
Moody, bom July 30, 1971. 

Susan was baptized Nov. 2, 1957. 

Wife’s other marriage Lloyd Eugene George. 

MORGAN GRANT AINGE 

Morgan Grant Ainge, born March 22, 1952, in Long 
Beach, Calif, to Marba Eileen Ainge and Grant Ainge. 
Married Vickie Lynn Tiffany Nov. 13, 1976. They have 
had five children bom to them. 

1. Travis Ray Allan, bom Oct. 26, 1972. 2. Grant 
Morgan Ainge, bom Sept. 22, 1973. 3. Ryan Jason Ainge, 
December 12, 1975. 4. Angie Lynn Ainge, bom July 13, 
1978.5. Morgan Jeff Ainge, bom Dec. 26, 1979. 

Morgan was baptized Aug. 28, 1960. He has taken out 
his endowments. May 31, 1972. 

Child Number 1 is from wife’s first marriage. 

Child number 2 is from husband's first marriage. 

Child number 3 is in process of being adopted by 
husband. 



Fran D. Peterson and Gladys Ruppe Peterson, Lory, Ann, 
Stanly Bryce, Christina, Cindy, Mikell Burch. Marv D., Fran- 
cena. 


FRAN D. PETERSON 

Fran D. Peterson, born March 9, 1935, in Vernal, 
Uintah Co., Utah. To Mary Elizabeth Greenhow and 
Marvin Burch Peterson. Married Gladys Ruppe, May 11, 
1955. There were nine children bom to them. 

1. Stillborn, April 19, 1956, died April 19, 1956. 2. 
Lory Peterson, bom Aug. 29, 1957. 3. Ann Peterson, bom 
Sept. 8, 1958. 4. Stanly Bryce Peterson, bom Nov. 19, 
1959. 5. Christine Peterson, bom May 17, 1961. 6. Cindy 


Peterson, born July 20, 1963. 7. Mikell Burch Peterson, 
born Oct. 11, 1966. 8. MawDe Peterson, born July 7, 1969. 
9. Francene ReVae Peterson, born Oct. 2, 1974. 

Fran was baptized Nov. 6, 1943. His temple work was 
done, endowed May 11, 1955. Sealed May 11, 1955. 



Edna Christine Peterson Spendlove 


EDNA CHRISTINA PETERSON ' 

Edna Christina Peterson, bom August 25, 1903, in 
Jensen, Uintah Co., Utah, to Sarah Ellen Murray and 
Peter Fjelster Petersen. Married John Rex Spendlove, July 
12. 1924. T here were two children born to them: 

1. Bettie Lou Spendlove, bom Sept. 22, 1926. 2. Glory 
Spendlove. born Dec. 25, 1928. 

Edna was baptized Nov. 15, 1911. Her temple work 
was done, endowed Oct. 19, 1924, sealed Oct. 1924. Edna 
died Nov. 8, 1954. 



Natand Gloria Spendlove Woodhouse, James Woodhouse, Peter 
Woodhouse, and Natalee Woodhouse. 


MARY PETERSON 

Mary Peterson, bom Dec. 20, 1907, in Jensen Uintah, 
Utah, died Dec. 20, 1907. 


28 





ANDREW RICH MURRAY FAMILY 



Andrew and Estella Murray. 


ANDREW RICH MURRAY 

Andrew Rich Murray, son of Jeremiah Hatch and 
Karen Maria Neilson Murray, born July 15, 1968 in 
Spanish Fork, Utah Co. Utah. His first marriage was to 
Edna Estelle Stewart, Feb. 2, 1893 at River Dale (Jensen) 
Utah, she was the daughter of William J. and Edna Snow 
Stewart. Her birthdate was August 21, 1877 in Springville, 
Utah County, Utah. She passed away March 2, 1906 at 
Jensen, Utah. 

His second marriage was to Adelia Yeager at Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah. She was born August 4, 1888, in 
Salem, Utah, to George Thomas and Amelia Hall Yeager. 

Six children were bom to this couple: 

Charles Henry, bom March 29, 1907 at Jensen Uintah 
County Utah. Died Nov. 24, 1968. 

Andrew Paul bom July 29,1908, at Jensen, Utah. 

Estella Adelia., bom Sept. 9, 1910, at Jensen, Utah. 

Helen Myria, bom Aug. 31,1912, at Jensen, Utah. 


Richard A., born Jan. 31, 1915, at Jensen, Utah. 

Ellen Grace, bom Jan. 11, 1918, in Jensen Utah. 

CHARLES HENRY MURRAY 

Charles Henry Murray, oldest son of Andrew Rich 
and Adelia Yeager Murray, was born March 29, 1907 at 
Jensen Uintah County Utah. His second marriage was to 
Maycel Marie Sutphin, she was born June 25, 1911, to 
Harry Lee and Blanche Fritz Sutphin at West Des Moines, 
Polk County, Iowa. They were married April 11, 1955, in 
Albuquerque New Mexico. Charles passed away Nov. 24, 
1968. 

Married Rachel Elizabeth Atwood, born August 19, 
1908, to Joseph Perry and Annie Jane Smuin Atwood, in 
Baggs Wyo. There were three children bom to this Union: 

1. Charles Calvin, born Nov. 24, 1929 in Vernal, Utah. 
Married Ramona Whithead Dec. 25, 1950. 

2. Carl Jay, born Nov. 22, 1931, in Vernal, Utah. 
Married Mary Ellen Dooley, Jan. 7, 1953. 

3. Vonda Ray, bom April 3, 1935, in Vernal, Utah. 
Married Wm. Norman Qua in, July 21, 1952. 

ANDREW PAUL MURRAY 

I was born July 29, 1908 in Jensen, Utah to Andrew 
Rich and Adelia Yeager Murray. The second of six 
children. Charles was older than I, Richard younger, and 
three sisters: Estella, Helen and Grace. We all grew up in 
Jensen on my parent’s ranch and homestead on Blue 
Mountain. On the homestead on Blue Mountain I spent a 
lot of time helping with the cattle. 

As a young lad I helped as a horse wrangler and we 
drove a herd of cattle from Blue Mountain to Heber City. 
It was a very enjoyable and eventful trip for a lad of 
sixteen. It took about three weeks to make the drive. One 
night a bear came into camp. Uncle Johnny, the cook, 
heard him but thought it was me getting something to eat. 
Next morning we found the camp all upset. 

When we arrived in Heber, I took my first train ride 
from Heber to Salt Lake City. There I had the privlege to 
see the great Mormon Tabernacle and listen to the pipe 
organ. 

In the spring of 1928, my parents sold the ranch in 
Jensen and purchased a farm in Vernal in the Ashley 
Ward. That summer I met Ada Green and a year later on 
October 24, 1929, she became my bride. 

Ten children seven girls and three boys, came to 


29 





Paul and Ada Murray 



Ada and Paul Murray. Children: Lorna, Janet. Lynn, Naon, 
Floyd, Nona, Geneva, Rhea and Carol. 


brighten our home. Eight are still living (1980). We lost 
Ernest at six months and Lynn at twenty-six years. Those 
still living are Geneva, Nona, Floyd, Naon, Rhea, Janet, 
Carol, and Lorna. We have twenty-nine grandchildren and 
nine great-grandchildren. 

The first twenty three years of our marriage, we lived 
in Jensen. In the spring of 1957, we bought a home on 



w ' dd “s 


NONA FAY MURRAY 


Paul and Ado x77 A P n * lyj4 to Andrew 

Blanco Co ? . d ,e x? reen Murray ’ at Meeker - Ri ° 
Blanco. Co., Colorado. Mamed Jan. 2, 1952 in Clovis, New 

Mexico, to Delbert La Van Estep, born Oct. 11, 1932 in 

Randelette, Texas. Their were three children born to this 


Texas! Wa " da Fay; b ° rn AugUSt 3 ’ 1953 in Amherst, 
Utah 2 J ° yCe Marie: Born Se P‘ em ber 30, 1953 in Vernal, 

Uta^ DelbCrt LaVan: Born Dec ‘ ,4 - I955 - m Vernal, 


NONA FAY MURRAY 


Nona Fay Murray, bom April 28, 1934 to Andrew 
Paul and Ada Marie Green Murray, at Meeker, Rio 
Blanco, Co., Colorado. Married June 10, 1959 in Vernal, 
Uintah Co., Utah to Lee Edward McComsey, bom Dec! 
12, 1932 to Edward Earl and Buelah Carr McComsey in 
Detroit, Michgan. Their was one child born to this union. 

1. William Lee. 

FLOYD PAUL MURRAY 

Floyd Paul Murray, bom May 1, 1937, to Andrew 
Paul and Ada Marie Green Murray, at Vernal, Uintah Co., 
Utah, Chr. July 4, 1937 in Jensen, Uintah Co., Utah. 
Married April 5, 1957, in Roosevelt, Duchesne Co., Utah 
to Glenna Betts, born Sept. 19, 1936, to Louis Clarence 
and Carrie Hill Betts in Roosevelt, Duchesne Co., Utah. 
There were three children bom to this union. 

1. Paula Ann, bom March 4, 1958, in Vernal, Utah, 
married Rick J. Martinsen on April 22, 1977. 

2. Sherie Lyn, born August 8, 1961, in Vernal, Utah. 

3. Floyd Paul, born June 8,1975, in Vernal, Utah. 


NAON MURRAY 

Naon Murray, born June 5, 1940 to Andrew Paul and 
Ada Marie Green Murray in Jensen, Uintah, Co., Utah. 
Married October 25, 1958 in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, to 
Ernest Cruz, bom August 10, 1941, to Peter and Mary 
Romero Cruz in Holbrook, Arizona. There were five 
children bom in this union. 

1. Ada Marie, born Oct. 14, 1959, in Tempe, Arizona. 

2. Ernest Ray, bom March 12, 1961 in Tempe, 
Arizona. 

3. Kathy Ann, born July 21, 1963 in Tempe, Arizona. 

4. Kenneth Conrad, bom Aug. 8, 1966 in Tempe, 
Arizona. 

5. Dallas M., bom June 8, 1970, in Tempe, Arizona. 


30 




LYNN R. MURRAY 

Lynn R. Murray, born Aug. 30, 1946, to Andrew Paul 
and Ada Marie Green Murray, in Vernal, Uintah, Co., 
Utah. Married March 25, 1964 in Vernal, Uintah, Co., 
Utah, to Myma Hacking, born Feb. 21, 1949 to Myron L. 
and Helen Gurr Hacking, in Vernal, Utah. There were two 
children bom to this union. 

1. Lynnette, bom Sept. 29, 1963, in Vernal, Utah. 

2. Ricky Lynn, bom Jan. 16, 1968, in Vernal, Utah. 

Lynn R. Murray died March 22, 1973 in Vernal, 

Uintah, Co., Utah. Buried March 26, 1973, in Vernal, 
Uintah Co., Utah. 

JANET MURRAY 

Janet Murray, born March 10, 1948, to Andrew Paul 
and Ada Marie Green Murray, in Vernal, Uintah Co., 
Utah. Married August 22, 1970, in Juarez, Mexico, to 
Royce Glen Fitts, born Oct. 15, 1940 to Eugene and Agnus 
Marie Crabtree Fitts, in Roscoe, Texas. There were three 
children bom in this union. 

1. Robert Glenn, bom May 15, 1970, in Salt Lake 
City, Utah. 

2. Jody Ray, born Jan. 14, 1972, in Long Beach, Calif. 

3. Billy Garrett, bom Oct. 7, 1979, in Vernal, Utah. 

CAROL MURRAY 

Carol Murray, bom March 30, 1950, to Andrew Paul 
and Ada Marie Green Murray, in Vernal, Utah. Married 
Feb. 11, 1971 in Amalga, Utah, to Brad D. McClellan, 
born Dec. 5,1952, to Val Jean and Ardith Minnie Morrill 
McClellan in Tooele, Utah. There were three children 
born in this union. 

1. Mindy, born Sept. 23, 1971, in Roosevelt, Utah. 

2. Carrie Ann, bom Jan. 12, 1973, in Roosevelt, Utah. 

3. Brady J., born May 18,1977, in Vernal, Utah. 

4. Andrew Clark, bom February 25, 1980. 

LORNA MURRAY 

Loma Murray, bom March 3, 1953, to Andrew Paul 
and Ada Marie Green Murray, in Vernal, Uintah Co., 
Utah. Married Nov. 23, 1973 in Vernal, Utah, to Danny 
Oaks, born Jan. 19, 1953, to Dan L. and Lily Alberta Heal 
Oaks, in Vernal, Uintah Co., Utah. There were three 
children bom to this union. 

1. Candida, born April 11, 1974 in Roosevelt, Utah. 

2. Amanda, bom March 26, 1977 in Vernal, Utah. 

3. Nicholas M., born March 20, 1979 in Vernal, Utah. 

RHEA MURRAY 

Rhea Murray, born Dec. 10, 1944, to Andrew Paul 
and Ada Marie Green Murray, in Jensen, Utah. Married 
Sept. 14, 1967, in Mesa, Arizona to John Henry Brimhall, 
born June 25, 1939, to Henry and Nellie Bernice Eastman 
Brimhall, in Provo, Utah. There were two children bom 
this union. 


1. Stacy Annette (Elmer), bom July 1, 1963, in 
Vernal, Utah. 

2. Machelle, bom Aug. 28, 1968 in Vernal, Utah. 
Wife’s other husbands, John Elmer. 



Hal, Linda, Geneva (Murray), and Floyd Massey. 


GENEVA HELEN MURRAY 

Geneva Helen Murray, bom Oct. 11, 1931, to Andrew 
Paul and Ada Marie Green Murray, in Vernal, Uintah Co., 
Utah. Married May 20, 1949, in Vernal, Uintah, Co., Utah, 
to Floyd LaBoon Massey, bom Aug. 28, 1923 to George 
Ova and Elizabeth Maud Orgill Massey in Vernal, Uintah 
Co., Utah. There were two children born to this union. 

1. Hal B., bom April 9, 1950 in Vernal, Utah. Married 
Remona Winn on Feb. 14, 1979. 

2. Linda, born May 8, 1954, in Vernal, Utah. Married 
Brent R. Stubbs on Oct. 10, 1970. 


HAL B. MASSEY 

Hal B. Massey, bom April 9, 1950, to Floyd LaBoon 
and Geneva Helen Massey, in Vernal, Uintah Co., Utah. 
Married Feb. 14, 1979, in Jensen, Uintah Co., Utah, to 
Remona Marie Granado, bom Nov. 18, 1955 to Vincent 
and Mary Della Martines Granado in Rock Springs, 
Sweetwater Co., Wyoming. There is one child bom to this 
union. 

1. Chardel Massey, bom Aug. 30, 1979, in Vernal, 
Utah. 


LINDA MASSEY 

Linda Massey, born May 8, 1954, to Floyd LaBoon and 
Geneva Helen Murray Massey, in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 
Married Oct. 10, 1970, in Jensen, Uintah, Utah, to Brent 
Stubbs, bom Sept. 9, 1952, to Junior Ritchie and Frances 
Lou Jenkins Stubbs, in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. There are 
two children bom in this union. 

1. Brett R., bom Aug. 9, 1971, in Vernal, Utah. 

2. Corey LaBoon, bom March 9, 1974, in Vernal, 
Utah. 


31 







Estella and Lee Dustin. 


ESTELLA A DELIA MURRAY DUSTIN 

Estella Adelia Murray Dustin, daughter of Andrew 
Rich and Adelia Yeager Murray. Born Sept. 9, 1910 in 
Jensen, Uintah County, Utah. Attended elementary school 
in Jensen and Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah. Met 
Lee Roy Dustin from Chicago, Ill. at a Saturday night 
dance in Jensen. Lee worked his way west through oil field 
employment with Texas Oil Company as driller on well 
No. 2 in the Rangely Field. They were married Oct. 9, 
1928, and lived five years at lies Grove, Colo. Here a son. 


Lee Earl, was born at home. A doctor drove twenty miles 
from Craig, Colo. The depression which continued to slow 
business and oil field activities moved them to Meeker, 
Colo., in the fall of 1933. They became self employed, 
collected bought and sold scrap metals and other salvage, 
sold to dealers in Grand Junction, Colo. Delivered with a 
Model A Ford pick up. A strawberry patch and a 
vegetable garden was a profitable crop. Berries sold at ten 
cents a box. Fruit, vegetables and flowers from the garden 
were exhibited at the Rio County Fair, won numerous blue 
ribbons. We were active in civic and social activities of the 
community. In the spring of 1934 Lee became ill with 
Typhoid Fever and was taken to Vernal for medical 
treatment. While there son Lee Earl became seriously ill 
and did not recover. He passed away Sept. 4, 1934 at his 
grandfather Murray’s. 

After Lee's recovery they .returned to Meeker, Colo, 
until Oct. 1939, and moved back to Vernal. We purchased 
thrity six acres of land east of the city on Highway Forty 
for twelve hundred dollars, with three hundred down. We 
built and operated our own business, “Vernal Steel and 
Salvage" for twenty one years. 

Received an award from the U. S. department of war 
for salvage collected for the war effort during World War 

n. 

Winter of 1950, a dislike for snow and cold weather, 
our winter vacations started to various parts of Arizona 
for a milder climate. 1960, we bought a lot in Apache 
Junction, Ariz. and joined the thousand of mobile home 
owners who migrate to that state each winter and are 
commonly known as Snow Birds. 

HELEN MYRIA MURRAY ANDERSON 

I was the fourth child born to Andrew Rich and 
Adelia Yeager Murray, Aug. 31, 1912, at Jensen, Uintah, 
Utah, where daddy farmed and raised most all we needed 
to eat. He ran cattle on Blue Mountain in the summer, it 
was fun to spend warm summer months there as a family. 
We gathered wild gooseberries and mother made the best 
cobblers for us. A swimming hole up the canyon from 
where our cabin sat in a beautiful meadow. We had horses 
to ride and neighbors not too far away, Jensens, Snows, 
Haslems, Evans, Karrens and McKenneys. We had a 
dance hall called the Red Onion, we enjoyed dancing. In 
the fall we had a roundup to ship the cattle to the market 
or take them home for winter. 

I attended school through nineth grade at Jensen. 
Daddy sold the farm and most of the cattle including the 
acreage on Blue Mountain. He bought the Ira Burton 
place in Ashley Ward. Attended Uintah High School and 
graduated in the spring of 1934. 

I met my sweetheart Clyde Reynolds Anderson and 
on Oct. 20, 1934 we were married at his home in Maeser. 

Clyde’s mother, Della Reynolds Anderson fixed a 
nice wedding dinner for friends and family members. We 
left for Colorado, where Clyde worked for Lee Dustin, 
raising Silver Fox and working in metal salvage. We 
moved to Vernal and Clyde worked for Newton Brothers. 

In 1941 we went to Vallejo, Calif., and both worked at 


32 








Clyde, Helen and Rowe Anderson. 



Rex, Rowe and Clyde Anderson. 


Mare Island Navy Yard during the war. After the war we 
came to Vernal and opened our present business, An¬ 
derson Upholstrey, our home adjoined the business. 

We enjoy hunting, fishing and all out door sports. We 
have been active in the church, Clyde has served as a 
Counselor in Vernal Fourth Ward, M.I.A. counselor to 
Glade Sowards in the Stake M.I.A., and when Uintah 
Stake was divided, he was called to serve in the Stake 
Presidency, he served as High Counselman, and as bishop 
of Vernal Fourth Ward, Scout Master, District Com¬ 
missioner, and Cub Master and Counselor in the bishopric 
at present. I have served as Bee Hive teacher, Active 
Counselor in M.I.A., and Counselor in Stake M.I.A., 
served in the Fourth Ward Primary, five years as inservice 
leader. Counselor in the Stake Primary and then as Stake 
Primary president for five and one half years. A wonderful 
experience I really enjoyed it and loved the people I 
served with, both Stake and Ward level. In fact I love 
people and like meeting new people. After nine and one 
half years, I was released and called to be Social Relations 
Leader in our Vernal Ward Relief Society. Served as a 
member of the Finance Committee, assistant Sunday 


School Librarian, and Visiting Teacher. 

I am grateful for the opportunities and blessings I 
have enjoyed in various positions which have greatly 
strengthened my testimony. Grateful for a wonderful 
husband and two fine sons, Rex Jay and Rowe Clyde 
Anderson, and their sweet wives and Heath (Beepy), our 
darling grandson. Grateful for my mother who worked so 
hard and went without herself to keep us looking clean 
and nice. Three brothers, Charles, Paul, and Richard. Two 
sisters, Estella and Grace. Our marriage was solomnized 
in the Salt Lake Temple. We are thrilled over the arrival of 
our granddaughter Angie Rose. We now reside at 75 
South 1000 East, Vernal, Utah. 

HELEN MURRAY ANDERSON 
died on September 23, 1980 

Helen Murray Anderson, a person of love and 
compassion for her fellow men, dedicated to those things 
she knew were right, she went about her daily duties with 
a smile on her face, not asking for a lot of material things 
in this life but to know that her family members were well 
and happy and doing the things they should made her 
happy. She worked diligently at any position she held in 
the Church, she worked with love and understanding in 
trying to get family members to do their geneology work, 
pointing to them the importance of getting this work done 
and our lives in order during our sojourn here on earth. 
There was also a fun side to Helen. She loved to go the 
mountains hunting and picnicing it took so little to make 
her happy and she gave so much. She was an inspiration to 
all who knew her. A loving mother, wife, sister and friend 
we will miss her, but know her work here on earth was 
finished and has gone to help prepare a way for her family. 



Rex, Jean and Heath Anderson. 


REX JAY ANDERSON 

Rex Jay Anderson, bom Sept. 15, 1957, son of Clyde 
Reynolds and Helen Myria Murray Anderson in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married Sandra Jean Simonton, April 
29, 1977 at Vernal Uintah Co. Utah, the Daughter of 
William Grant and Sandra Margret Purkey Simonton, at 
Rifle Rio Blanco Co. Colo. A child Wade Heath, was bom 
Feb. 11, 1976. Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. 









Rowe and Janice Anderson (baby) Angie Rose. 
ROWE CLYDE ANDERSON 


Rowe Clyde Anderson, bom May 19, 1960, son of 
Clyde Reynolds and Helen Myria Murray Anderson, in 
Vernal Uintah Co. Utah, baptized June 1, 1968, married 
Janice Snow Sept. 29,1979 in Jensen Uintah Co. Utah. She 
was born Aug. 1, 1961, to Carwin Barton Snow and Joleen 
Moon in Vernal Uintah Co. Utah and was Baptized Sept. 
2,1972. A baby girl, Angie Rose was born to them March 
3, 1980 in Vernal, Utah County Utah. 

RICHARD A. MURRAY 

Richard A. Murray, born Jan. 31, 1915, to Andrew Rich 
and Adelia Yeager Murray, in Jensen Uintah Co., Utah. 
Married Mar. 5, 1934, to Margery Rose Shiner in Vernal, 
Uintah County, U tah. This marriage solemnized in the Salt 
Lake Temple, Oct. 14, 1964 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They 
were blessed with four children. 

Marva Adelia, bom April-4, 1936, in Vernal, Utah. 

Evan R., bom July 15, 1939, in Vernal, Utah. 

Darlene, bom Aug. 14, 1941, in Vernal, Utah. 

Jerile, bom Dec. 19, 1953, in Vernal, Utah. 

EVAN R. MURRAY 

Evan R. Murray, born July 15, 1939, to Richard A. 
and Margery Rose Shiner Murray, in Vernal, Uintah Co., 
Utah. Married Renee Samuals Jan. 17, 1959, in Vernal, 
Uintah Co., Utah. Two children were bom to this 
marriage. 

RodE., bom Jan. 28, 1961, in Vernal, Utah. 

Tonya, May 3, 1964, in Vernal, Utah. 

ROD E. MURRAY 

Rod E. Murray, bom Jan. 28, 1961, to Evan R. and 
Renee Samuals Murray at Vernal, Uintah Co., Utah. 
Married Jan. 12, 1980, to Tami Lyn Hardy in Vernal, Utah. 

DARLENE MURRAY BOWDEN 

Darlene Murray Bowden, born Aug. 14, 1941, to 
Richard A. and Margery Rose Shiner Murray, at Vernal, 
Utah. Married Feb. 13, 1960, to Floyd Bowden, bom Dec. 


17, 1938 in Vernal, Utah. Three children were born to 
them. 

Zan D., bom 10 Aug. 1961 in Vernal, Utah. 

Drex R., bom May 15 1964, in Vernal, Utah. 

Kecia, bom Aug. 14, 1968 in Vernal, Utah. 

JERILE MURRAY SOUTHAM 

Jerile Murray Southam, born Dec. 19, 1953, to 
Richard A. and Margery Rose Shiner Murray, at Vernal, 
Utah. Married Aug. 1, 1974, at Provo, Utah in the Provo 
Temple to Clayton R. Southam, bom Aug. 2, 1952, in 
Vernal, Utah. 


Meika, bom to them Oct. 18, 1977, in Vernal, Utah. 
Chanda, bom June 4, 1980. 



Grace and Ray Smith 

MILTON RAE AND ELLEN GRACE MURRAY SMITH 


Ray and Grace were both bom in the Ashley Valley. 
Ray in Maeser and Grace in Jensen. They met in high 
school when Ray was a senior and Grace a freshman and 
were married in a double wedding in Maeser a few years 
later. They lived in Vernal for a time, then moved to 
Provo. Then they moved to Salt Lake City where their first 
child, a daughter, Ronnie De was born. From Salt Lake 
they moved to California where Ray worked in the 
shipyards during World War II. In 1945, they came back 
to Vernal, arriving only about two weeks before their 
second daughter, Brenda, was bora. 

Ray worked mostly as a carpenter and built or 
worked on many homes and other building around the 
valley. He also did maintenance work at the hospital in 
Vernal for several years. 

Grace worked eleven years in an accounting office. 
She has served as a Primary teacher and worked for many 
years as ward and stake Young Women’s Mutual Im¬ 
provement Association leader. Ray served many years as a 
ward and home teacher and stake building supervisor and 
ward building advisor. 

In 1964 they went to the Salt Lake Temple to be 
sealed to each and to have their daughers sealed to them. 

In February of 1971, Grace passed away suddenly 
from a heart attack. The following year, Ray married 
Drucilla Mitchell Seastrom. Ray and Drue live in Vernal 
at the present time. 


34 





Deri, Kristie, Brenda, Hellene, Corey and Trevor Pratt. 


BRENDA SMITH PRATT 


Brenda Smith Pratt, bom Sept. 29, 1945 in Vernal, 
Utah. Daughter of Milton Rae Smith and Ellen Grace 
Murray. She married Deri Rae Pratt who was born and 
raised in Idaho, on Sept. 8, 1967. They both graduated 
from B.Y.U. in May, 1967. Deri in chemical engineering 
and Brenda in business. They remained in Provo another 
year and a half while Deri worked on his master's degree 
in chemical engineering. 

Brenda worked as a secretary until the birth of their 
first daughter, Kristie Rae, who was born Sept. 26, 1968. 
In January of 1969 the family moved to Loveland, 
Colorado, where Deri had accepted employment with 
Hewlett-Packard Company. 

He worked as a process operator, spent several years 
in research and development, and later was a chemical 
process group section manager. Brenda kept busy at home 
as three more children were born in the next few years - a 
girl named Kellene, bom April 21, 1970, a boy, Trevor, 
born Dec. 11, 1973, and another boy Corey Deri, who was 
born May 6, 1976. Members of the family keep busy with 
church callings and activities, school activities, music, 
dancing, and swimming lessons, hunting and fishing, and 
home and yard work. 


RONNIE DE SMITH ALLEY 


Frank and Ronnie met on a blind date in the fall of 1960 
at the BYU. Frank had just received his discharge from 
the U. S. Navy in time to enroll in school. He was at¬ 
tending BYU not only for an education, but to investigate 
the Church. Baptized January of 1961. Married in Vernal, 
September 8, 1961, marriage was solemnized in the Salt 
Cake Temple the following May. 

They continued their education at BYU, Ronnie was 
majoring in Secondary Education and Frank in En¬ 
tomology. Ronnie graduated in 1963 and began teaching 
science at Roosevelt Jr. High in Salt Lake City. Their 
Slighter Tracie was bom the summer 1964, July 19. 



Front: Kylie Anne, Frank, Back Row, Troy, Kelden, Ronnie, 
Tracie and Tyrell. 


That September Ronnie taught school at Orem Jr. 
High. Upon his graduation in 1965, Frank became a 
representative for Sinclair Oil Company, transferred to 
Twin Falls, Idaho. Their son, Troy was bom in Salt Lake 
City, March 16, 1966. 

In 1967, Frank became a representative for Arco and 
moved his family to Sacramento, California. Their second 
son, Tyrell, was born in Sacramento, July 20, 1968. Frank 
became a Medical Service Representative for Roerig 
Division of Pharmaceuticals, who transferred him to 
Modesto, Calif., December 1969. 

After five years he went to work for Lederle Labs, a 
division of American Tyanamid, where he worked until 
1979. He decided to go into business for himself and 
opened a State Farm Insurance Agency. Ronnie taught 
school in the Mentally Gifted Minor Program, played the 
piano for Rose Avenue School Choir for two years and 
directed the choir one year. 

Two more children, Kylie Anne born Jan. 3, 1977, and 
Kelden De, bom Mar. 29, 1979. We enjoy 4-wheeling to 
the back country, Frank uses his metal detector and 
Ronnie looks for rocks to polish. Frank holds a com¬ 
mercial pilots license and enjoys flying. Tracie is taking 
her second year of German and is first chair Cello in the 
school orchestra. Troy is an honor student and active in 
sports. Tyrell David is enrolled in the MGM program, 
plays baritone in the school orchestra band, and is captain 
of the Traffic Patrol. 

Active in Church, Frank is in the Sunday School 
Presidency, Sunday School teacher, Mutual Advisor and 
Ward Clerk. Ronnie taught Sunday School, MIA, 
Primary, Relief Society and on the Stake Relief Society 
Board. She has been Ward Organist and Hoihe-Making 
Counselor in Relief Society. Tracie served in Pre-Primary 
and as pianist for Jr. Sunday School and Primary, and 
MIA Maid class President. Troy is First Counselor in his 
Deacon’s Quorum and Patrol Leader is his scout troop; 
presently a life Scout. At this writing Tyrell is a Second 
Class Scout. 

35 


/ 






WILLIAM RILEY MURRAY FAMILY 



William Riley and Emma Estella Murray. 
WILLIAM RILEY MURRAY 


William Riley Murray, bom the year of 1870, Oc¬ 
tober, 4, to Jeremiah Hatch and Karren Maria Neilson 
Murray, in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah. He was the 
fourth child in this family of nine'and the third son; six 
boys and three girls. There was nine half brothers and 
sisters, his father being a polygamist. 

Moved to Brush Creek with his parents in 1887. They 
were all hard workers; Riley worked right alongside his 
father. He never slept in after four o’clock in the morning 
through the summertime. The Murray’s home was four 
miles north of Jensen, Utah, near the mouth of Brush 
Creek where it empties into the Green River. 

He met Emma Estella Hunting and on New Year’s 
Day, 1895, they were married. Riley was 25 and Emma was 
18. They had a large wedding party that lasted the night 
and through the next day. Riley and Emma lived for a time 
in Jensen, later purchased some of the land that was his 
father’s, on the Brush Creek. 

A wagon and a team of horses was all he had to start 
their married life. They worked very hard side by side and 
saved to buy their home. They farmed, tanned deer hides 
and made gloves to sell, and cut grain for people to help 
make a living. 

Idling time was one thing he never did! He was one of 
those positive men whose word was always equivalent of 
his bond in financial transactions. The Indians, who were 
often on the war path, would pass, going on their deer 
hunt, with Indian painted ponies pulling wagons with tent 
poles dragging behind. Many times they would stop and 
demand food, threatening if they didn’t get what they 
wanted. 

Later Riley moved to the brick home on the Brush 


Creek. There were seven children born to this union. 
William LeRoy, Marie Elizabeth, Flossie Estella, Andrew 
Hugh, Gladys Elta, Horace Austin, and Violet Ella. 
Horace was born 17 August, 1912 and died 18 February, 
1913, from pneumonia. 

Later Riley purchased more land adjoining the place 
which made six hundred acres. He also had land on Blue 
Mountain that was used for range for the cattle and sheep. 
He was a successful farmer raising all kinds of grain; 
threshed and sold alfalfa seed; had a large orchard; and 
kept a few colonies of bees. 

Emma did her share, helping to shock grain, raising a 
large garden, and raising large herds of turkeys. 

Riley used to play the violin for the dances, he played 
the harmonica and could chord on the piano. A jovial, 
cheerful man, always whistling and happy. He was quite a 
fisherman, catching one of the largest fish reported to be 
caught in the Green River, weighing fifty two pounds, he 
came bringing it home on the horse. 

He drove the school wagon, which was a canvas 
covered wagon for many years, then later a black school 
wagon with flaps on the sides, leather seats on each side, 
and a heating stove to keep it warm. At Jensen he had 
forty acres and a house where he left the wagon during the 
day. 

Riley owned a sheep shearing machine. He 
sometimes would slaughter as many as fourteen pigs at a 
time, they made sausage, hung the hams and shoulders 
and side meat in the smoke house to be smoked with 
Tagalder, a birch-like tree. 

In winter, he would saw large blocks of ice from the 
river and store it in sawdust and straw in the log ice house. 
He was a kind man, good husband and father, loved his 
grandchildren and oft times hacTone'in the saddle with 
him or on his knee. 

In his last years of life he had two dogs, Bill and Bob, 
who were with him everywhere he went, on foot or 
horseback. They were such friends to him, and was with 
him when he went to do his night chores, guarding him, as 
he died of a heart attack, December first, 1937, at age 
sixty-seven. Twenty years later, Emma was laid to rest by 
his side, March 10, 1958. 

WILLIAM LEROY MURRAY 

William LeRoy Murray was born December 16, 1896, 
at Jensen Uintah County, Utah, to William Riley Murray 
and Emma Estella Hunting. Blessed April 2, 1896. Bap- 


36 







Mary Ann and Allen LeRoy Murray; Tonya Marie, Heather 
Lynn, and Amy Mae. 

ALLEN LEROY MURRAY 

Allen LeRoy Murray, bom July 18, 1951, to LeRoy 
Hyrum Murray and Bonnie Mae Maupin in Herlong 
California. 

Came to Aurora Colorado in 1957 with his parents. 
Married Mary Ann Wall July 22, 1972. Three children, 
Tonya Marie bom October, 26, 1973. Heather Lynn, bom 
May 17, 1975. Amy Mae, bom August 4, 1976. 


LeRoy Hyrum and Bonnie Mae Murray 
Allen LeRoy and Daniel Carlton 

Our sons, Allen Leroy was born July 18, 1951 at 
Herlong; Daniel Carlton was born there October 8, 1953. 
Daniel died January 15, 1971 of a kidney disease. Moved 
to Aurora, Colorado in 1957 when I transferred to Fitz- 
simons Army Medical Center. 

Belong to a Rifle Club and love to hunt. We have 
special memories of our dad taking us and the boys on the 
trap lines. We enjoy our travel trailer and going camping; 
four-wheeling; visiting and photographing ghost towns in 
Colorado. 


William LeRoy Murray 


Thelda Meeks 


tized and confirmed September 4, 1914. 

He attended school in Jensen, Utah and graduated 
from the Uintah Academy at Vernal, Utah. Went to 
Kansas to the Sweeny Automobile School and learned to 
be a mechanic. 

During World War I he served in France, Germany, 
and the United States. He was an ambulance driver 
overseas. 

July 9, 1923, he married Zora Thelda Meeks in 
Vernal, Utah. They homesteaded near Craig, Colorado 
until 1930. Lived at Olathe, Colorado where he organized 
and coached a gun club. He was an excellent shot. They 
moved to Aurora, Colorado in 1950. 

He loved to fish and hunt and was happiest when he 
was in the out-of-doors. He was a kind man, always willing 
to help others. Loved his predatory work. He was a 
veteran Mammal Control agent for the United States Fish 
and Wildlife Service from 1932 until he retired in 1960. A 
member of the Spires-Dennis Post American Legion, 
IOOF Lodge, and the National Rifle Association Olathe, 
Colorado, and the 40 & 8 and the Last Squad in Grand 
Junction, Colorado. 

Three children, Leroy Hyrum, Larry Riley and Lela 
May. Roy died March 10, 1965, at the age of 70, interment 
with military honors at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. 

LEROY HYRUM MURRAY 

LeRoy Hyrum Murray, born in Jensen, Uintah 
County, Utah, March 28, 1926, to William Leroy Murray 
and Zora Thelda Meeks. 

Lived at Jensen until my parents homesteaded at 
Craig, Colorado. 1937 moved to Olathe, Colorado. 
Graduated from Olathe High School in 1944. Went into 
0ie Army Air Corps as an aviation student. Was 
discharged in October, 1945. 

Married Bonnie Mae Maupin, Montrose, Colorado, 
August 31, 1947. Graduated from Colorado A & M 
College at Fort Collins, Colorado in 1950 with a B.S. 
^gree i n Game Management. Started work for the 
Department of the Army at Herlong, California, October 
1950. 


37 









Maxine and Larry Riley Murray 


LARRY RILEY MURRAY 

Larry Riley Murray, bom October 21, 1928, Jensen, 
Utah. Grew up at Olathe, Colorado. Married Maxine Fay 
Hinton, November 16, 1946, Montrose, Colorado. 

Lived in Grand Junction, Colorado since 1949. 
Worked as Rate Clerk and Salesman; had his own truck, 
hauling furniture for Mayflower, Bekins and Allied 
Moving Company. Worked as driver’s license examiner 
until his death, January 18, 1978. 

Maxine was born June 29, 1928; works at State Home 
and Training School as PBX operator, likes to camp, hike, 
and crochet. Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

Blessed with four sons: Larry Spence, bom March 18, 
1948; James Kent, June 23, 1949; Orland Dean, August 5, 
1950; Arlen Mark, January 13, 1957. 

Larry Spence married Georgia Ann Bowen, February 
22, 1969; three children: Scott Carl, bom February 12, 
1970; Andrew Robert, January 30, 1972; Shelly Ann, July 
14, 1977. 

James Kent married Sandra Jean Bowland, November 
22, 1969. Two sons: Blaine James, bom September 25, 
1971; Brian Jay, March 15, 1975. 

Orland Dean married Mary Lou Grubb, February 3, 

1977. 

Arlen Mark married Rita G. Welks, January 18, 1977. 
(Divorced). 

MARIE ELIZABETH MURRAY KRESKOFF 

Marie Elizabeth Murray Kreskoff, bom, December 
20, 1898, Jensen, Utah, to Emma Estella Hunting and 
William Riley Murray. Baptized, Agusut 2, 1908. Married 
Joseph Victor Kreskoff, August 20, 1928. Died, August 10, 
1966. 

Joe and Marie were blessed with three daughters 
when they were living in Michigan. Rose Marie, bom July 
20, 1928, Hamtramck, Wayne County, Michigan. Rose 
Marie married Johnny Padilla, 1947. Gloria Donna, bom 
May 7, 1932, Detroit, Michigan; Juanita, born July 9, 1935, 
Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan. Juanita filled an 
LDS mission in Finland (deceased). 

They moved to Jensen and lived on the farm that was 
her inheritance from her father, William Riley. After 



Gloria Donna, Juanita, Marie Elizabeth and Joseph Kreskoff 


selling this farm, they moved to Olathe, Colorado, where 
they purchased another farm. 

Marie was a kind person who loved her family and 
was happiest when she was in the service of her Heavenly 
Father. She played the piano, and her hobby was her 
flowers. 

ROSE MARIE KRESKOFF 

Rose Marie Kreskoff Padilla, born to Marie Elizabeth 
Murray Kreskoff and Joseph Kreskoff, July 20, 1928, 
Michigan. Married John Padilla, who was the son of 
Abdon Padilla and Tircita Padilla. They were married 
August 7, 1947 in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

These are their children: 

James, bom January 19, 1949 in Fort Collins, Colo. 

Donna, bom December 11, 1951 in Denver, Colo. 

Terri, bom July 15, 1953 in Denver, Colo. 

Kay, bom December 4, 1955 in Pleasanton, 

California. 

Sally, bom November 2, 1957 in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Steven, born July 21, 1959 in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Diane, bom July 14, 1961 in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Linda, born February 9, 1963 in Los Gatos, 
California. 

Gloria born September 15, 1964 in Lompoc, 
California. 

Rose Marie's hobby is her beautiful flowers. 


38 









Benjamin, Gloria and Leah Cope. 


GLORIA DONNA KRESKOFF COPE 

Gloria Donna Kreskoff Cope, born May 7, 1932, 
Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan. Daughter of Marie 
Elizabeth Murray and Joseph Victor Kreskoff. Blessed 
October 4, 1941, 

Attended Jensen School; graduate of Olathe High, 
Olathe, Colorado. Worked as bookeeper and clerk. 
Patriarchal Blessing October 14, 1956 by Elmer Owen 
Blair. Diagnosed a Brittle Diabetic age twenty. Served 
California Mission September 11, 1956 — January 21, 
1959. 

In a dream, before leaving on my mission I saw my 
husband, the house he lived at, his parents and our first 
car. When I saw him in the mission field I turned cold. 
Married Benjamin Elwin Cope January 29, 1960 Salt Lake 
Temple. One daughter, Leah Marie. 

Served as teacher, chorister and secretary in MIA, 
Sunday School, Primary and Relief Society; sang in Ward 
and Stake Choirs. Enjoy playing the piano. 

Confined to wheel chair, with doctors diagnoses of 
never to walk again, faith and perseverance prevailed. 
After much time with braces on legs, a walker and finally a 
cane, the fight was won. A broken hip intervened; the 
fight was won again. In a dream I was laughing and 
running down a long hallway with a filmy white dress on. 
Gloria died May 8, 1980, Ely, Nevada. 



Mac Knights - front: Flossie Murray and Crawford MacKnight. 
Back: Amy, George "Boon," Isabelle, Frank, Betty, Nora Jane, 
Dorothy, Wilda. 


FLOSSIE ESTELLA MURRAY MACKNIGHT 

Flossie Estella Murray Macknight, born January 24, 
1900 to William Riley Murray and Emma Estella Hunting 
at Jensen, Utah. Baptized in Green River by Andrew 
Dudley; confirmed by Seymour Snow. 

Married Crawford George MacKnight, September 
18, 1917. Nine children, Amy Josephine, George William, 
Isabelle Emma, Frank Norvel, Betty Ann, Nora Jane, 
Dorothy, Gladys Wilda, and baby boy Abraham, who died 
the day he was bom, February 12, 1942. 

My growing up years on the ranch was helping with 
duties at hand. Mother would have me hitch up the horse 
and buggy to take the kettle of eggs to trade for groceries, 
at the store, sometimes taking food to sheep camps and 
helping Uncle Andrew Murray cook for the cowboys. My 
schooling was at Jensen to eighth grade. 

I crossed the river in a row boat to help Louisa 
Thome in the bees and in her home. She schooled me 
through ninth grade. Worked for Charley Neal as one of 
the first telephone operators in the valley. 

Met Crawford at a dance in Jensen in 1915. He came 
from Browns Park to work on Bill Neal's ranch. He 
worked for Zinnie Murray, Uncle Ward Murray and my 
father. The day we were married he left, by train, for the 
service. I followed by car to Salt Lake, by train to Seattle, 
Washington and finally by boat to Port Angles where he 
was. 

We had a nice time even though it was war time. 
Received basic training Fort Lewis, Washington. 
Stationed at Twin Rivers, Crawford worked getting timber 
out for planes to be built. His orders were received for 
transfer overseas from Vancouver. Four days before he 
was to sail, the Armistice was signed. With eighteen 
months duty and honorable discharge we came to Jensen 
to live at Josie’s. 

February 1919, crossing Green River on the ice, I 
came to Dad’s place where Amy was born. George (Boon) 
was bom at Ed Lewis's on the Daniel ranch. Bell and 
Frank were bom at Josies, and Betty was bom at Jensen. 
My other children were born at Vernal. 

Wilda is fun loving, enjoys knitting and pets. We lived 
at Jensen for a number of years, then moved to Vernal. 


39 












Crawford worked as a butcher and later worked in the 
forest. 

I worked as maid, room inspector and switchboard 
operator at Hotel Utah in Salt Lake. Cooked at the 
sorority building at Fort Douglas. Crawford worked as 
security officer at Bingham Mines. Lived in South Dakota 
for a while. Worked in a gift shop at Osage, Wyoming 
while Crawford worked the oilfields. 

Like to cook dinners and entertain my family. 
Member of the DUP Camp Escalante at Jensen. Have 
lived at Jensen, Uintah County, Utah since 1937. Crawford 
died after a good and useful life, April 11, 1980. 


James Lube 


Joe Lube 


Orsen and Isabelle Emma Christensen. Sons: David, Daniel, 
and Patric 

ISABELLE EMMA MACKNIGHT CHRISTENSEN 

Isabelle Emma MacKnight Christensen, bom January 
16, 1923, Jensen, Utah. Married Orsen Christensen, in 
Provo, Utah, May 5, 1944. 

We moved to Naches, Washington, where we had a 


AMY MAC KNIGHT LUBE 


Amy MacKnight Lube, bom Feb. 24, 1919, to 
Crawford G. and Flossie Estella Murray MacKnight, in 
Jensen, Uintah Co., Utah. 

My childhood was spent at the ranch of my grand¬ 
mother, Josie Morris, a small ranch with sheep and a few 
cows, which she operated in partnership with my dad. 
During these years I learned to love farming, gardening 
and horseback riding and so on. A love I've never lost. I 
now garden and raise chickens as a hobby. 

My dad and mother moved twelve miles into Jensen 
when I was old enough for school, and I completed the 
eighth grade in the Jensen school. While there, I was 
active in the Mormon Church, began playing for Sunday 
School and Primary at the age of eight, also Mutual, 
although I was not old enough to belong to Mutual. 

When in the ninth grade we moved to Vernal and I 
graduated from Uintah High School in 1937. The same 
year I married James H. Lube, bom 1913 in Coneaut, 
Ohio. We spent eight years on the Thome ranch on 
Willow Creek and had to come back to Vernal to school 
our children, and have owned a home in Vernal since 
1948. 

The past twenty years I have worked as accompanist 
in Vernal Junior High. In 1972 I established The Knitters 


Boutique and have operated this little shop, as well as 
carried on a class of private piano students, usually fifteen 
or twenty. I have taught piano for twenty years. 

Joined the Catholic church in 1950 and have been 
Church organist to the present time. My husband was a 
Catholic. 

Jim my husband worked for Utah Motor, and later for 
Showalter Motor, first as a mechanic then as shop 
foreman. He passed away in 1976 following open heart 
surgery. 


James and Amy Lube 


John Lube 


Tom Lube 






cafe for five years. Our folks came and helped out. We 
had many good times there. We sold out and moved to 
Salt Lake City, where Daniel was born August 2, 1952. 
When Dan was 13 months old, he was scalded. 

Orsen (Chris) went back to driving truck. September 
25, 1955 Patric was born. The boys grew to school age and 
they all had a horse, but when the freeway was built there 
was nowhere to ride anymore. We were both raised on a 
farm and ranch; we had hunted together and our hobbies 
were all out of doors. 

One day Orsen came home and said “Let’s get our 
boys out of this city.” We moved our furnishings, cats, 
dogs, and kids to Craig, Colorado, for a year. From there 
to Encampment, Wyoming. The boys learned how to 
ranch, irrigate, harness a team, and go through blizzards. 

After the boys graduated, we moved from the ranch 
to town. Orsen was water superintendant for eight years 
and also Town Marshal. I started driving school bus and 
became head driver-dispatcher. 

David and Dan are married, Dave has three little 
girls, Dan has a boy and a girl. They work in the coal 
mines and own their homes. Pat is home with us. 

We have had ups and downs along the way, but 
raising three boys makes for a very happy life and also 
proof that the good Lord watched over us all. 




George William (Boon) MacKnight. 


GEORGE WILIAM MACKNIGHT (BOON) 


George William MacKnight (Boon), bom November 
11,1921, at Cub Creek, Jensen, Utah, to Crawford George 
MacKnight and Flossie Estella Murray. Married Sadie 
Bell Bourdette May 12, 1941 at Jensen. Died May 23, 1977 
of a heart attack. 


Boon learned to fly with Jack Turner in 1944, making 
his cross country flight to Grand Junction, Colorado. 
Volunteered for the military service, was refused when it 
was determined he was a diabetic. 

He was a rancher, cattleman, canyon guide and 
employee of Dinosaur National Monument. During the 14 
years, he engineered, surveyed and supervised the 
building of roads, campgrounds and other facilities as the 
Quarry expanded. 

Recognizing the problem in the area of water wells 
sanding up, he engineered a trip device to drop down the 
shaft of the wells to extract the sand. 

Run the river with Bus Hatch, shooting the rapids b 
the Green River and Yampa River gorges. At the 
narrowest point in the gorge when Boon hit the first drop, 
with waves eight and ten feet high, the propeller struck a 
boulder that sheared a pin, putting the boat out of control. 
Taking the oars he skillfully manuevered the boat and 
conquered the rapids. Henceforth these rapids were 
christened the "Big Boon Rapids." 

He saw beauty m the sunrise and felt strongly about 
nature. Served as president of the Murray Canal. Member 
of the Cattleman's Association. Forced to retire when he 
became blind, he was more serious about ranching, 
putting in feed lots and fattening beef to sell. With his 
cane he was able to get around to open water holes, feed 
livestock and pump water to them. 

A unique person, he could handle any mechanical or 
electrical problem. A favorite with young people, he had a 
banter that always added gaiety whatever the occasion. 



Frank Norvel MacKnight 




FRANK NORVEL MACKNIGHT 


Frank Norvel MacKnight was born December 15, 
1924, to Flossie Estella Murray and Crawford George 
MacKnight. Bom on Cub Creek East of Jensen, Uintah 
County, Utah. 

Went through grade school at Jensen and to the 
Uintah High School b Vernal. Worked b the oil fields 
and punched cows on Willow Creek for Abe and Golden 
Hatch. 

Jobed the United States Army August 7, 1943. Went 
through World War II in the bfantry in the South Pacific. 


41 




Connie and Richard Gary Dow. Julie Annette, Sean William, 
Richard Ray and Emily Jean. 



Gladys and Richard Dow with son Richard Gary 


Gladys married Richard Dow, December 25, 1930, in 
Vernal. Lived there for awhile the first winter, bought five 
acres, with a two room log house, from her father. Moved 
back to Vernal, then to Bonanza. 

Richard worked at Bonanaza for a long time. Bought 
a home in Vernal in 1948; Richard worked for Frank Long 
Construction, Vernal Sand and Gravel and Wheeler 
Machinery Company. 

Gladys has had many surgeries. She feels that the 
Lord brought her through for a purpose here on earth; 
their son was not bom for fourteen years after their 
marriage, so again Gladys thinks it is through her prayers 
they were blessed to have a child^They raised one son, 
Richard Gary, born July 7, 1945, who is a faithful church 
worker. Richard worked as a heavy duty mechanic for 
Wheeler Co. until his death February 14, 1967. 

Gladys has always been active in the LDS Church and 
has served as Primary, Sunday School and M.I.A. teacher; 
sung in Stake and Ward choirs and is a visiting teacher. 
She has many hobbies, gardening, collecting recipes, 
cooking, fancy work, composing poetry and playing the 
piano. 

Gladys has four grandchildren, which she adores, and 
spends much time with them in the winter, at their home 
in Tooele, Utah. 

52 


RICHARD GARY DOW 

Richard Gary Dow, bom July 7, 1945, at the LDS 
Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah, to Richard and Gladys Elta 
Murray Dow. 

Lived at Bonanza, Utah, where his father worked in 
the Gilsonite Mines. Moved to Vernal in 1948 and then to 
Kamas in 1950, and to Logan and returned to Vernal. 
Gary attended Central Elementary School, and was 
baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints, on Aug. 1, 1953, in the Uintah Stake Center, 
Vernal, Utah. He attended Ashley Valley Jr. High. He was 
active in the church and held a leadership position in the 
Aaronic Priesthood. 

Gary’s hobbies at this time were aviation, astromony 
and electricity and boy scouting. While attending Uintah 
High School he was active in Science Club, drafting, 
industrial arts, hunting with his parents, scouting, 
bicycling and hiking. 

Gary joined the National Guard, so after graduation 
from high school he completed basic training in California 
and Combat Engineer School in Missouri in 1963-64. He 
attended Utah Technical College in Provo and graduated 
from the Electrical repair course and the Electronics 
Technology couse in 1967. 

Employed by Sperry Rand Corporation he worked as 
an Electronics Technician. Was later employed at Tooele 
Army Depot on the Red Eye Missiles. He was doing some 
back packing and attended Electronic Classes, LDS in¬ 
stitute classes until he met Connie Tuttle in August 1971. 
They enjoyed a special friendship and were engaged in 
July 1972, and were married Dec. 14, 1972. 

Connie Rae Tuttle, born in Utah and raised in nor¬ 
thern California, graduated from Brigham Young 
University as an Elementary school teacher and was 
employed by Tooele school district in 1971. 

Gary and Connie are active in the Church, he has 
served in the MIA, as Counselor in the Elder’s Quorum 
Presidency, as Ward Clerk for four years, and presently 
Stake Clerk for Tooele, Utah Stake. Connie has taught in 
the MIA, served on the Primary Presidency, as Organist 
and Chorister in the Relief Society and is presently 



son, '_ouy martin opruui, oorn iviarcn 14, ly /4. Danny 
married Kathleen Armstrong, 1978. Robert married 
Rebecca Martinez, June 14, 1978. 


Violet Ella Murray 

VIOLET ELLA MURRAY 

Violet Ella Murray, bom October 19, 1915 to Emma 
Estella Hunting and William Riley Murray, Jensen, Utah. 
Ambitious and energetic she worked on the ranch as hard 
as any other ranch hand. Spent much time breaking, 
training and riding horses. Married Firrel A. Jensen, one 
daughter, Beverly Jean, bom October 5, 1935 at Silt, 
Colorado. 





Chris and Frank MacKnight 

Was honorably discharged. Stayed out for one year, then 
re-enlisted. Served one year in the states. Stationed in 
Japan when the Korean Conflict broke out. My remaining 
time was spent in the infantry in Korea until the Cease 
Fire Agreement was signed. 

Returned to the United States, while pending 
discharge at Fort Ord, California, met and fell in love with 
Christine Asedo. Married December 28, 1951, by Justice 
of the Peace, Mr. Jeffries, Salinas, California. 

In 1952 I was discharged and we came to Jensen to 
live. Joined the Utah National Guard and went to work for 
the National Park Service. 1961 I was called back into the 
army and spent a year in Fort Lewis Washington. 

After coming home I stayed in the Utah National 
Guard and went back for the Park Service. May 1979, with 
thirty years of military service, I retired from the Utah 
National Guard as a Master Sergeant. December 1979, I 
retired from the National Park Service as an Engineer 
Equipment Operator with twenty-nine years service. 

My spare time is spent in my wood work shop making 
signs, knives, and sharpening saws, in Vernal, Utah. I now 
work for the Bureau of Land Management. 

BETTY ANN MACKNIGHT EATON 

Betty Ann MacKnight Eaton, born in Jensen, Sep¬ 
tember 27, 1927, in a log cabin, at the Reader Ranch 
where my father worked. 

My parents, Flossie Estella Murray and Crawford 
George MacKnight, moved to Vernal, and I went to 
Central School. They moved to Jensen to the house 
belonging to my grandfather Riley Murray, where they 
still live. Went to grade school at Jensen and Uintah High 
School. 

My summers were spent with my brothers and sisters 
at grandmother Josie Morris’s, gardening, learning to 
hunt, riding horses and hunting arrowheads. Life was fun 
with paper dolls made from catalogues, ice skating, going 
to Mutual and dancing. 



Betty Ann and Neldon Eaton. Grandson Lee Aldridge. 


Married Neldon Eaton October 23, 1944, Salt Lake 
City, moved to Craig, Colorado where Neldon worked at 
the Gilsonite dock for eight years. We own Eaton’s Auto 
Service. 

Two daughters Judy Ann and Joan; our son Michael 
was bom April 16, 1951, died twelve hours later April 17, 
1951. Some years later we were blessed with a grandson, 
Lee Aldridge, who has lived with us since age eight. 

We own property on Black Mountain; we three spend 
time there with snow machines, motorcycles and dirt 
bikes. We went to Yellowstone and plan to go to Arizona 
on motorcycles. 

I like to knit, sew and spoil my six wonderful grand¬ 
children. 



Judy Ann and Phillip Gerini. Anna Marie and Aaron Aldridge. 


JUDY ANN EATON GERINI 

Judy Ann Eaton Gerini, daughter of Betty Ann 
MacKnight and Neldon Stanley Eaton, born Jan. 21, 1946, 
Vernal, Utah. 

Married David Lee Aldridge, 17 Nov. 1963, Craig 
Colorado (Div). From this union two sons, ambitious and 
talented they would make any mother proud. Neldon Lee, 
born June 17, 1964, Craig, Moffat Co., Colorado, an honor 
roll student, lives with his grandparents Neldon and Betty. 
Aaron David, born October 11, 1969, Wheatridge, Jef¬ 
ferson, Co., Colorado, loves football, his guitar; “A” 
average student. 

Married my childhood sweetheart Phillip E. Gerini, 


42 






we have made Craig, Colorado our home. Blessed with 
Ann Marie Estella, bom Nov. 29, 1973, named after my 
grandmother MacKnight and aunt Marie Kreskoff. She is 
an “A” student with an outspoken sense of humor. 

Phil works as sales engineer for a drilling company 
and enjoys making our home beautiful. It is an honor to be 
Flossie's granddaughter and would like to become like 
her. 



Joan Eaton and ltay A. Perez. Christopher, Josephine, Melissa 
Jo. Betty Jolene (baby). 


JOAN EATON PEREZ 

Joan Eaton Perez, born December 19, 1947, Vernal, 
Utah to Betty Ann MacKnight and Neldon Stanley Eaton. 
Married Rubio Santistevan (Div.) Married Ray A. Perez, 
September 3, 1976, Grand Junction, Colorado. 

Our children are: Melissa Jo, born May 6, 1965; 
Christopher Ray, born August 22, 1967; Josephine Ann, 
born October 3, 1968; Betty Jolene, born March 21, 1977. 

The most memorable times of my childhood are 
Christmas and the visits to my grandparents in Utah. 
Especially Grandpa and Grandma Knight, as we called 
them, when they still had kerosene lamps and wood 
stoves. Such serene and untroubled times they were to me. 
Grandma's wonderful meals, the beautiful, educational 
stories my Grandpa Knight told. 

One of my goals in life is to be strong, loving and as 
caring as my Grandmother MacKnight is, remembering 
always to pass on to my children the wonderful things 
learned from my parents and grandparents. My interests 
are my family, reading, sewing and yard work. 

NORA JANE MACKNIGHT SMUIN 

Nora Jane MacKnight Smuin, bom February 1, 1935, 
Vernal, Utah. 

Lived most of my life in Jensen. Spent most summers 
at "Granny Josie's” ranch at the foot of Blue Mountain, 
swimming in the duck pond, climbing rocks, hunting 
arrowheads, riding horses and milking cows. 

Walks with daddy were fun; he told us about the 
trees, plants, rocks and animals; taught us to shoot and 
hunt. Mama taught us how to keep house, cook, sew, can 
and raise a garden. Went on many picnics with her. My 
mom and dad were wonderful parents. 



Nora Jane and Robert Lyle Smuin. 

Learned to dance, and there was one special boy, Bob 
Smuin. December 23, 1950, married Robert Lyle Smuin. 
Raised a family. Gilbert George, born September 13, 
1951; Tracy Lee, April 7, 1953; Janet Faye, November 2, 
1954; Annette, December 14, 1957; Robert Kerry, June 4, 
1960. 

Waterskiing, camping, fishing, hunting and riding a 
motorcycle is spare time fun. Have been in all Western 
states, Nashville, Tenn., Canada, Old Mexico and Hawaii. 
This life is great. 



Gilbert G eorge Smuin 


GILBERT GEORGE SMUIN 

Gilbert George Smuin, born September 13, 1951, to 
Nora Jane MacKnight and Robert Lyle Smuin, Vernal, 
Uintah Co., Utah. 

He loved the out of doors, swimming, and hunting. 
Labored in the Oilfields and was a truck driver. 

Married Donna Hughes August 6, 1970 (Div.), born to 
them one daughter, Ko Renda Lynn, May 24, 1971. 

Married Linda Anderson, January 4, 1974. One son, 
Jayson L., born February 4, 1974. Gib died January 18, 
1975. 


43 











Janet Faye and Kandal H. Slcott. Josha, Sean Lyle, and Lance 
(baby). 

Randal — bom November 18, 1979. 

Tm thankful for my wonderful grandparents Flossie 
and Crawford, my good parents, and the special memories 
of growing up at Jensen. Have traveled twenty eight states, 
Canada and Mexico. Lived in nine states. Like old movies, 
cards, cooking and making things with my hands. Love the 
mountains, hunting, riding horses, hunting rocks, water 
skiing, and being with my family. 


Tracy and David Korth and Family. 


TRACY LEE SMUIN KORTH 

Tracy Lee Smuin Korth, born April 7, 1953 to goodly 
parents: Nora Jane MacKnight and Robert Lyle Smuin. 

Lived my younger years at Jensen. Spent much time 
with my grandparents, Crawford and Flossie Murray 
MacKnight, who along with my parents, helped me have a 
better value system and understanding of the truly im¬ 
portant things in life. 

Moved to Salt Lake City in 1975, married David O. 
Korth October 2, 1976. Our children are: Monica Ann, Jay 
David, Alicia May, Bryan Lynn and Robert Norman. 
Live at Helena Montana. We hunt, camp, fish, ski, garden, 
do our own home canning, and sewing. Proud of my 
Murray and MacKnight Heritage. 



Tracy, Janet and Annette Smuin 


JANET FAYE SMUIN ALCOT 


ANNETTE SMUIN MICHEL 


Janet Faye Smuin Alcott, born November 2, 1954, 
Vernal, Utah, to Nora Jane MacKnight and Robert Lyle 
Smuin. 

Was married April 25,1970 (Div.). Married Randal H. 
Alcott March 24, 1979. Have three sons — Joshua bom 
August 3, 1971. Sean Lyle, bom October 5, 1976. Lance 


Annette Smuin Michel, bom December 14, 1957, to 
Robert Lyle Smuin and Nora Jane MacKnight Smuin. 

Grew up in Jensen and Vernal area. Worked as a 
switch board operator for Hotel Utah, in Salt Lake City. 
Met Richard Donald Michel, fell in love and we were 
married. We have two beautiful daughters, Hannah 


44 





Josephine and Sarah Jane, born, March 24, 1978. 

I like to mountain climb, paint, music, and poetry. 
Have always loved books and have my grandfather to 
thank for this. Some of my first and fondest memories are 
being at my Grandmother and Grandfather MacKnights. 
They taught me many things. 

Families are so important because no matter how bad 
things seem, your family will be there to lend a hand. I’m 
proud of my ancestors and their gift of life. I wish I could 
thank them all. To achieve this, I shall try to teach my 
children to be proud of their heritage. Isn’t that what 
families are all about? Learning, sharing, loving and 
caring. 



Robert Kerry Smuin 


ROBERT KERRY SMUIN 

Robert Kerry Smuin, artistically talented and likes to 
build things. Special ability to fix electrical things. Bom 
June 4, 1960 to Nora Jane MacKnight and Robert Lyle 
Smuin. Serving in United States Army, stationed at Fort 
Hood, Texas. A helicopter computer technician. Married, 
one son, Jake, bom December 7, 1978. 

DOROTHEY MACKNIGHT BURNHAM 

Dorothey MacKnight Burnham, bom, to Crawford 
George MacKnight and Flossie Estella Murray, July 25, 
1937. 

Grew up in Jensen, Utah, doing all the things that 
country kids do. I attended Junior High and graduated 
from South High School in Salt Lake City. 


Married Lawrence Wanner, married for ten years 
(Div), from this union three children were bom: Cynthia, 
born March 13,1956; Clark, bom April 25, 1958; Michele, 
born January 31, 1962. 

Married Craig Burnham, January 14, 1967. Our 
daughter, Robyn, was born June 5, 1968. Clark filled a 
Spain-Seville, LDS mission, beginning July 1977. He 
married Maria SanJaun Montiel, on February 16, 1980, at 
the Salt Lake Temple. 

Cindy is active in music and drama, she married 
Tracy A. Brown, November 1973. They have three 
beautiful children, Claudia, Nathan, and Sandra. 

Michele is talented in music and drama; a graduate of 
Viewmont High School with a four year scholarship to 
Weber College, where she will train in special education. 

Clark is an accomplished musician and plays several 
instruments. 

I sell Real Estate and in 1977 was the number one 
salesperson for Century 21, for Utah and Idaho. For two 
years I’ve been Board of Director for Salt Lake City Board 
of Realtors. 

We live in Centerville, Utah, where my husband owns 
his own wholesale produce business. We love to do things 
together as a family, fishing, out of door things, and 
playing games. It was our parents who taught us to work 
hard and appreciate life. We are proud of our heritage. 



Andrew Hugh and Leora Dow Murray 


ANDREW HUGH MURRAY 


Andrew Hugh Murray, born March 15, 1903 fourth 
child of William Riley Murray and Emma Estella Hunting, 
at Riverdale, now Jensen, Uintah Co., Utah. Baptized in 
the Green River. 

First schooling at age seven, on Brush Creek, Lousia 
Thorne the teacher. Later schooled at Jensen, Vella 
Billings Smith the teacher. A covered wagon, team of 
horses, stove and benches made the school wagon. 

My life as a rancher and livestockman began early. 
Dad kept me busy, the responsibility of the sheep was 
mine at age 15. We summered our sheep from Green 
River gorge around the river bends, in 1920 Hod Ruple 


45 








summered us at Island Park. Dad purchased Uncle An¬ 
drew Murray’s relinquishment on Blue Mountain where I 
later built two cabins. It took 10 days to trail our lambs 
from Blue Mountain to the railroad at Dragon for ship¬ 
ping. Lambs sold for 11 cents on the hoof at that time. 

Married Tressie Leora Dow at Vernal, February 9, 
1927. We worked hard together and raised a family of five, 
Austin Hugh, Eva, Vem Eugene, William Riley and Twila 
Ann. Our first winter we lived in the log cabin my Dad 
loaned for a school house, when I was a boy. Later we 
lived in the house on land Dad purchased from Polly 
McKee Ainge. 

1939 I bought from Mother the home where I was 
born. Much time was spent shearing sheep at 8 cents and 
10 cents a head, breaking horses, forging plow shears, 
planting and harvesting crops. With our Red River 
thrasher we traveled to different farms and ranches 
harvesting grain crops. Our wheat was stored in large tin 
graineries, some was taken to Venial mill to be milled into 
flour. 

1943, World War H, our family was given a Farm 
Service Award signed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 
for an all out war effort. We produced more than enough 
hay and grain to be self sustaining. Many tons of hay was 
in the stack to feed livestock through winter months when 
snow lay deep. 

Oft times after the days work I enjoyed playing the 
Fiddle, Mandolin and the Concertina. We purchased land 
on Diamond Mountain, 2700 acres, run cattle trailing 
them to and from the Mountain to home. Long days and 
nights were spent in the saddle come rain or shine. 

Served as president of the Murray Ditch, was a 
member of the Cattleman’s Association. In 1951 we sold 
the ranch and spent that winter in Arizona. We lived in 
Vernal, I worked for Long Construction operating a 
bulldozer. We bought a ranch at Hayden, Utah where we 
lived 18 years, cleared land, raised hay and cattle. I was an 
officer on the Independent Ditch Co. March 1977, we 
celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Our home now 
is at Lapoint, Utah. Leora passed away at our home 
November 24, 1980. 


1 


Austin Hugh Murray Debra Murray 

AUSTIN HUGH MURRAY 

Austin Hugh Murray, son of Andrew Hugh Murray 
and Tressie Leora Dow, born August 29, 1928 Jensen, 
Uintah County, Utah. Baptized September 6, 1941. 



Boyhood years were spent helping on the ranch at 
Jensen. When he did a job, it was well done. Schooled at 
Jensen and Vernal schools. 

Married Mary Powell June 2, 1949 (Div.) from this 
union a daughter Debra was born.April 14, 1950. Married 
JoAnn Schanno June 1, 1953. A son, Austin Steve, was 
born August 14, 1954. 

Austin died August 18, 1954, in an automobile ac¬ 
cident. Worked in a lumber yard in Greely, Colorado, 
worked at Bonanza Mines and was accomplished in 
leather tooling. 



Kathy Marie and Austin Steve Behrman. Brian Allen (baby) 
and Sephanie Marie. 


AUSTIN STEVE BEHRMAN 


Austin Steve Behrman, bom August 14, 1954, bom to 
Austin Hugh Murray and JoAnn Schanno, Vernal, Utah. 

My father was killed in an automobile accident 
August 18, 1954. Have lived most of my life in Rock 
Springs, Wyoming. Mother married Floyd Gordon, my 
brother Mike was born October 1957. Floyd Gordon was 
killed in an automobile accident. Mother married Robert 
Behrman in 1962, my sister Bobbi Jo was bom July 1963. 

Robert Behrman adopted me and my brother Mike, 
September of 1967.1 have four step-brothers and two step¬ 
sisters by my step-father. Have worked in the trucking 
industry since I was sixteen. Own my own truck and 
operate it under lease to John Bunning Transfer Co., Inc. 

Married Kathy Marie Hill, February 22, 1975, Rock 
Springs, Wyoming. She is from Big Piney, Wyoming. Two 
wonderful children; Stephanie Marie born January 23, 
1978. Brian Allen, bom December 6, 1979. 

We enjoy our hobbies together, hunting, fishing, 
bowling, and playing pool on our pool table. We have an 
Am way business and like going in our truck together. 

EVA MURRAY MERKLEY 

Eva Murray Merkley, bom June 9, 1930, in Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah to Andrew H. and Leora Dow 
Murray. Chr. Nov. 9, 1930, baptized Sept. 6,1941 by James 
C. Nickell and confirmed Sept. 7 by William Turner at 
Jensen. Three brothers, Austin, Vem and Riley and one 
sister, Twila Ann. 




46 





Eva Murray and Nelson D. Merkley 



Laird David Merkley 


My parents have a history of working hard and taught 
us to do the same. I love them very much and have a lot of 
respect for them. "We grew up fishing in a country stream, 
and made our clothes on a Singer machine.” We had our 
joys, sorrows and disappointments. 

Married Nelson David Merkley April 26, 1950. Sealed 
in the LDS Temple August 17, 1955. Served as 4-H leader. 
Primary teacher, Sunday School secretary. Relief Society, 
Cub Scout leader, Charter member of Merry Mrs. Club 
and Friendship Chairman for Dinaland Telephone 
Pioneers. 

Blessed with two sons, Laird, who has spent the past 
ten years serving our country, and Ryan who learned to 
engineer metal buildings at a very young age from his 
father. 

August 19, 1960 went to work for Mountain Bell as a 
telephone operator, received several awards, the last one 
being "The Gold Award” for 12 years perfect attendance. 

My husband struggled with problems of ill health for 
several years and became critical Dec. 10, 1976. On 
December 18, the doctors told us that we should get legal 
matters taken care of very soon, they didn’t think he 
would live, if he did he would make medical history. I 



prayed, “Oh God, show me why!” The breath went out of 
me, right then my whole life changed and I realized 
material things in this life were not of importance. 
Through faith, prayer and encouragement from many 
friends and Nelson’s will to live, he was given a second 
chance at life and was released from the hospital Feb. 17. 
How great it was to have him home. 

We sold our home on fifth East which we loved dearly 
because my father had given us the land, and Nelson built 
the house himself and moved to 151 West 300 South. Then 
financial disappointments forced us to give up our 
business. 

In 1981 my job with Mountain Bell will terminate due 
to automation. At this time we plan to travel to Germany 
to visit Laird and his wife Linda and our precious grand¬ 
daughter, Gaylyn. 

My constant prayer is that God will preserve the unity 
of our family. We live in Provo, Utah, where I work for 


Laird D. Merkley Linda Soderburg Merkley 



LAIRD DAVID MERKLEY 


Laird David Merkley, bom Dec. 12, 1950, to Nelson 
D. and Eva Murray Merkley. 

Attended Central Elementary, Ashley Valley Jr. High 
and graduated in the year 1969 from Uintah High School. 


47 




During those adolescent years I can recall some very good 
times with my Father when he was able to take me deer 
hunting, and many more moments that I will never forget. 
I also had those bad days when my dad would give me a 
licking when I done wrong, but know today it was for my 
own good. 

I can not forget my Mother who is a good person, 
very loving, generous and patient. My "little brother 
Ryan,” we never could see eye to eye until now, he is 
bigger than I am, but I had much love for him. 

I love music and played around with the bassoon, 
guitar, clairnet and piano. The days that I spent with my 
Grandparents, Andy and Leora Murray, working and 
visiting with them, I loved to hear those stories about the 
good ole days on horse back and many more. My grand¬ 
mother is such a good cook. I learned a lot from them. 
They bought me my first pair of levis, cowboy boots and 
hat. 

I joined the USAF March 1970, a Vietnam Veteran, 
and have since traveled to many foreign and exotic places 
in the world. While stationed at Mountain Home AFB, 
Idaho, I met my wife, the former Linda Gale Soderburg of 
Grangeville Idaho. We were married Feb. 2, 1972. On 
June 22, 1974 we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. 
We named her Gaylyn. 

For the past six years Layton, Utah has been our 
home. On October 26, 19791 was assigned to work with C- 
5C141 type aircraft atRamstien AFB Germany which will 
be our home for the next three years. We plan to do a lot 
of traveling while we are here but miss our family and 
friends. 



Donna and Vern Eugene Murray 


VERN EUGENE MURRAY 

Vern Eugene Murray, bom to Tressie Leora Dow and 
Andrew Hugh Murray, Jensen Uintah County, Utah, May 
31, 1932. 

He grew up on the ranch in Jensen, Utah, and worked 
alongside his father. He was a good hand at fixing and 
running the machinery. Went to grade school at the 
Jensen school and attended Uintah High School. 

Oct. 14, 1952, entered the U.S. Army Infantry at Fort 
Douglas, Utah. Served in the Korean War until October 



Vern Eugene Murray 


14, 1954, then from active military duty to army reserve to 
complete 8 years service under universal military training. 
He transferred to Fort Lewis Washington Oct. 13, 1960, 
honorably discharged. 

Schooled with associated Heavy Equipment Schools 
Inc. Miami, Fla. Worked as a machinist and Boring Mill 
operator, now foreman of Wagnor Mining Equipment. 

Married Donna V. Peterson August 29, 1973. Enjoy 
the out of doors, fishing and camping. 



William Riley Murray 


WILLIAM RILEY MURRAY 


I was born November 8, 1933 to Andrew H. and Leora 
Murray and was raised in Jensen, Utah on the late Riley 
Murray ranch on Brush Creek. At age sixteen I worked on 


48 






William Riley and Eva Mae Murray. Children: Christine, 
Lewis, William Riley Jr., Ronald, Carlene and Krista. 


the Brewer Ranch at Bitter Creek and the oil fields at 
Rangely, Colorado. 

I entered the Army in 1953 for two years and became 
C.P.L. and mostly supervised. We saw Japan, Germany, 
Greenland, and Canada. I was based in Anchorage, 
Alaska. 

After leaving the army in 1955, I married Karen 
Gardner of Neola, Utah; and, operated the Dean and 
Doug Chew Ranch in Jensen. While there, we had a baby 
girl, Christine Murray. 

We went to Bonanza and I worked the Gilsonite 
mines. While there we had a baby boy, William Riley 
Murray Jr. My back was broken in an auto accident and it 
laid me up for about a year. Karen and I divorced during 
this time. 

I left the Gilsonite mine in 1958 and went running in 
the oil patch in Colorado. I married Eva Mae Hendricks of 
Rifle, Colorado in January of 1960. We lived in Rifle and 
Craig where Lewis, Carlene, and Ronald Murray were 
born. I worked as a dozer operator and truck driver. 

We moved back to Roosevelt, Utah, in 1964 and to 
Vernal, Utah; working as crew foreman and supervisor. 
Krista was born in 1968 and now we have our family. 
Everyone is healthy and happy. 

In 1972 and 1973 I had back surgery and was laid up 
again. 

Christine was married in 1973 and we have a grand¬ 
son, Vince and a granddaughter, Missy. 

In 1975 we sold our home and ten acres; bought the 
old Markey Service in Gusher, Utah. In five years, we 
have built our business to a grocery store, service station, 
clothing and recreation room, and a rental building. 

In 1980, Rowdy got married and we are waiting for 
the third grandchild and a move back to Colorado. 

TWILA ANN MURRAY MERKLEY 

Twila Ann Murray Merkley, born July 14, 1935. 

I shall always be thankful for the era in which I have 



Twila Ann and Dean Merkley 


been allowed to come to this earth; for my goodly parents. 
My father, Andrew Hugh Murray, a man of great integrity, 
hard working, always leaving things better than he found 
them. My mother, Tressie Leora Dow, who must have 
been the elect of heaven, with her kindness, love and 
understanding ways; and for the many things she has 
taught me through the years. 

Fond memories remain of childhood days on the 
ranch in Jensen, where we milked cows, helped hay, 
churned butter, went swimming and fishing in the Green 
River and our first electric lights, Dad teaching me to 
shoot, and Mom’s good cooking. 

My sister and brothers are: Eva, Austin, Vem, and 
Riley. I dearly love them. 

Married Earl Brown (Div.) I worked at the Barnett's 
Variety store for 50 cents an hour, this was in 1954. 
Married Dean Merkley, June 23, 1955, the greatest 
blessing of my life. He was a driller in the oilfield, which 
took us to Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. 

At age twenty one I was baptized a member of the 
LDS Church, on June 1, 1957. Wilbur Murray confirmed 
me. This has brought me much happiness and joy. I was 
called to labor with the youth; served as Primary teacher, 
Primary counselor, MIA teacher, YWMIA President, and 
on the MIA Stake board. Was a Den Mother, and gave the 
Home-making lesson in Relief Society, and am a Visiting 
Teacher. 

Three children; Gary Alan, Sheila Rae, and Debra 
Ann. Each are special in their own way. Dean has worked 


49 




in construction most of his life and is a carpenter by trade. 
He built us a home in Maeser, which we sold later and 
moved to Roosevelt, Utah. Later we moved back to 
Vernal. We now own our home in Maeser. 

Dean is a building contractor, I’ve worked for 
Mountain Bell for fifteen years and the past two years 
have been the relief Supervisor. We have fifty colonies of 
Honey Bees, we enjoy working in them together. 

We love our three beautiful grandchildren. Like 
handwork, hunting rocks, crafts, and cooking. There is a 
proudness in my heart for my ancestors and for my 
heritage. May we always honor the Murray heritage. 



Gary Alan Merkley 
GARY ALAN MERKLEY 


As a boy, time was spent riding horses, swimming in 
the kids canal, bike riding, fishing and weeding the gar¬ 
den. First jobs were mowing lawns and working at 
Country Cash Store weekends and after school. Schooled 
at Maeser Elementary; and Uintah High School. L.D.S. 
Seminary graduate. Enjoyed scouting, back packed high 
Uintahs for the 50 Miler. Earned Eagle Scout Award and 
Bronze Palm. 

My best memories are going with Dad wild horse 
chasing and helping Granddad Murray haul hay. He 
always had a horse to ride. Old Butch bucked me higher 
than the garage and set me down in a rock pile. 

Grandparents are Andrew Hugh Murray and Leora 
Dow. I learned many things helping my Grandpa. His 
stories of past days, and Grandma's good cooking will 
always be special. 

Born July 18, 1952, Vernal, Uintah County, Utah. 
Baptized February 3, 1962, sealed to parents Twila Ann 
Murray and Dean Merkley, August 13, 1962 in the Salt 
Lake Temple. Married Kathrine Ann Timmerman 
December, 1975. (Div.) 

Lost my hand as the result of an accident with a black 
powder muzzle loader rifle. I ran one season with Hatch 
River Expeditions as oarsman, on the Yampa, Colorado 
and Salmon Rivers. Worked as inventory Control and 
Purchasing agent, Phoenix, Arizona. Worked as car¬ 
penter, Field Foreman, and construction worker. Enjoy 
traveling, fishing and camping. Enjoy music, and have 
played the piano, clarinet, and accordian. 



Sheila and Kent King 
SHEILA RAE MERKLEY KING 


Sheila Rae Merkley King, bom June 4, 1954, in 
Rangely, Rio Blanco, Colorado. I was given a name and a 
blessing by Clifford Zufelt. Baptized August 4, 1962, and 
confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints August 5, 1962. Sealed to my parents, 
whom I love and cherish, Twila Ann Murray and Dean 
Merkley August 13, 1963, in the Salt Lake Temple, Salt 
Lake City, Utah. 

My schooling was in Vernal, Utah and am a graduate 
of Uintah High School. Seminary graduate. Attended 
Ricks College and Utah State University where I majored 



Nicole King 


50 






in business. Have worked as a telephone operator and 
secretary. 

Married my sweetheart companion, Merlin Kent 
King on October 7, 1977 in the Salt Lake Temple. We 
have to this date been blessed with a beautiful daughter, 
Nicole. Served as Primary teacher, Relief Society 
Counselor, Relief Society President, and Stake Young 
Adult Relief Society President. We live at Logan, Utah, 
and are buying our home. 



Debra Ann and Terry LeRoy Slade 
DEBRA ANN MERKLEY SLADE 


Debra Ann Merkley Slade, bom August 20, 1956 to 
Twila Ann Murray and Dean Merkley at Craig, Moffat 
County, Colorado. Given a name and a blessing by 
Franklin R. Walker. Baptized September 5, 1964, con¬ 
firmed September 6, 1964 by my father. 

Attended Maeser and Roosevelt Elementary schools. 
Graduate of Uintah High School. Member of the Pep 
Club. Played the clarinet. Attended BYU music clinic and 
enjoy playing the piano. Active in 4-H Clubs and ac¬ 
complished state fair with sewing. A leader with the Social 
Services Youth Development Program. Served as Laurel 
Class President in M.I.A. Maid and desk clerk at Hotel 
Vernal, secretary at Uintah County Hospital, worked with 
Uintah Co. ambulance as a registered medical technician. 

Married Terry LeRoy Slade July 28, 1978 in Vernal, 
Utah. Our first home was at New Harmony, Utah. Later 
moved to Provo. Marriage solemnized in the Provo LDS 
Temple, July 28, 1979. Two sons, Joseph Dean and Jason 
Leon. 



Jason and Joseph 


I am thankful for my heritage, my wonderful parents 
and my grandparents and for the example they have given 
me. Enjoy crafts, being a mother and a homemaker. I am 
the Jr. Sunday School chorister and teacher in Provo 
Edgemont Tenth Ward. 

GLADYS ELTA MURRAY DOW 

Gladys Elta Murray Dow, born Thanksgiving day, 
November 28, 1907, the fifth child of William Riley 
Murray and Emma Estella Hunting Murray. Their home 
was on the Brush Creek, three miles from the Dinosaur 
Monument, and four miles north of Jensen, Utah. There 
were seven children in this Murray family; four girls and 
three boys. 

As a child, when Gladys disappeared, her mother 
would find her at the polliwog pond catching polliwogs, or 
sitting on the creek bank or the ditch bank. She loved the 
water! Gladys loved to swim, learning to swim in the 
Green River. 

Growing up on the farm she helped her mother with 
the house, gardening and chores. Often, she would be up 
at four o’clock in the morning to hoe the garden. Started 
to school at age four, in the log house on the bank of 
Green River, in Jensen. Her father owned the two room 
log cabin that they used for the school. 

At age eight, she was bitten by a mad dog, tearing her 
right leg to pieces. Her mother cared for the wound, as 
they couldn't get the doctor right away. She didn’t walk on 
the leg for almost three years. 


51 





Primary Secretary. 

Gary’s hobbies are mountaineering, photography and 
running. He has completed five marathons (26 milers) and 
two Ultra (50 milers), and participated in the Nauvoo to 
Salt Lake City pioneer run last summer. Connie continues 
to enjoys sports. 

They enjoy living in Tooele and love the blessings 
they receive from their Heavenly Father. They have four 
children, aged six years to nine months. 



Violet Ella Murray 


VIOLET ELLA MURRAY 

Violet Ella Murray, born October 19, 1915 to Emma 
Estella Hunting and William Riley Murray, Jensen, Utah. 
Ambitious and energetic she worked on the ranch as hard 
as any other ranch hand. Spent much time breaking, 
training and riding horses. Married Firrel A. Jensen, one 
daughter, Beverly Jean, born October 5, 1935 at Silt, 
Colorado. 


BEVERLY JEAN JENSEN JENKINS 

Beverly Jean Jensen Jenkins, daughter of Violet E. 
Murray and Firrel A. Jensen, born October 5, 1935, Silt, 
Colorado. 

Married Joseph Baggett Spruill April 6, 1951 at 
Yuma, Arizona (Div.). From this union was born Paul 
Tyrone September 9, 1952, Hawthorne, California; Martin 
Luther, September 18, 1953, Los Angeles, California; 
Sabrina Ann (Stillborn) July 5, 1956, Gardena, California; 
Danny Michael, August 19, 1957, Inglewood, California; 
Robert Riley, October 17, 1959, Ogden, Utah; Janet 
Estella, November 16, 1960, Ogden, Utah; Timothy 
Mitchell, October 24, 1962, Ogden, Utah. 

Jean married David E. Jenkins (Deceased). Bom to 
them, Michelle Renee, April 28, 1968, Ogden, Utah; 
Montie Lee, June 26, 1974, Ogden, Utah. Timothy Mit¬ 
chell Spruill changed his name to Jenkins. 

Paul married Leinchen Warrick, December 23, 1973, 
(Div.). One son, Kenneth Paul Spruill, bom April 18, 1978. 
Martin married Peggy Christensen, March 24, 1972. One 
son, Cody Martin Spruill, bom March 14, 1974. Danny 
married Kathleen Armstrong, 1978. Robert married 
Rebecca Martinez, June 14, 1978. 


53 




ELIZABETH SNOW FAMILY 



Sarah, Rebecca, and Elizabeth Murray. 


ELIZABETH CAROLINE SNOW 

Elizabeth Caroline Snow, born Jan. 6, 1873, at 
Spanish Fork Utah, to Jeremiah Hatch and Karen Maria 
Nielson Murray, married Dec. 26, 1893, Hugh Mack Snow 
born Dec. 17, 1867. The marriage was solemnized May 22, 
1929 in the Salt Lake Temple. She died Aug. 26, 1931. 
Buried August 31, 1931 in Jensen, Utah. She bore four 
children. 

1. Elmer Hugh Snow, bom June 17, 1896, in Jensen 
Utah. 

2. Elsworth Snow, born June 5, 1899, in Jensen Utah, 


died Dec. 17, 1928. 

3. Clara Snow, bom Nov. 3, 1899. Died. 

4. Gladys Snow, born Dec. 22, 1905. Died. 
Husband Hugh died Dec. 17, 1928, Buried in Jensen 

Utah. 


ELMER HUGH SNOW 

Elmer Hugh Snow, bom June 17, 1896, to Hugh Mack 
and Elizabeth Caroline Snow, in Jensen, Uintah Co. Utah. 
Married Maud Sorensen May 31, 1919. 


54 





ELIZABETH CAROLINE MURRAY 

Elizabeth Caroline Murray, was born 6 Jan. 1873 to 
Jeremiah and Karen Maria Nielsen Murray at Spanish 
Fork, Utah. The family consisted of nine children. They 
lived on a forty acre farm. Elizabeth went to school there. 
She also learned the art of cooking and housekeeping 
from her Danish mother. She loved flowers and helped in 
the garden work while her brothers worked the farm. 

In 1890 Maria and her family moved to Jensen, Ut. 
where her husband had established a farm down the banks 
of Brush Creek and the west bank of Green River from 
Brush Creek on south to the Indian Ford on the north 
consisting of 960 acres. Elizabeth now 20 years of age 
knew all the hardships of pioneer life but learned to be 
cheerful through it all. 

In Dec. 26, 1893 she married Hugh Mack Snow, at her 
Mothers home. Hugh had built a log house on a piece of 
land he owned and they moved there. 

Elizabeth was tall and slim with a smiling face. She 
was a good house keeper and loved flowers. She always 
had big flower gardens around her home, big berry patch 
and vegetable garden, fruit trees. She raised chickens arid' 


turkeys. She used her time well and everything she did was 
well done. 

On June 17, 1896 their first son was born. They gave 
him the name of Elmer Hugh. On June 5, 1898, their son 
Elsworth was born. Due to a severe case of measels his eye 
sight was affected, and he never was as strong as Elmer. 

A baby girl was bom Nov. 3, 1899, named Clara. She 
lived only a day. On Dec. 22, 1905, a baby girl was born. 
They named her Gladys, she died the same day. This was a 
sad Christmas day for the family. 

Elizabeth worked in the Relief Society and helped 
with the sick and their sorrows. The people took care of 
their own dead, and she spent many hours helping them. 

In Dec. 1927 Elsworth underwent surgery for ap¬ 
pendicitis. He was critically ill. Elizabeth and Hugh both 
stayed at his side. On the sixteenth he died. Hugh took 
pneumonia and died on Dec. 17, his 60th birthday. Aunt 
Lib, as every one called her, was deeply shocked. She 
rallyed the best she could, but never did recover from it. 
She was ill for the next few years and passed away on Aug. 
26,1931. Elmer, who never had any children, was the lone 
survivor. 


55 






REBECCA SNOW FAMILY 



Hilda Woodrow (Father) Albert. Milo, Newell. Ross, Kenneth, 
Corwin Snow. 


REBECCA MURRAY 


Rebecca Murray was born Dec. 25, 1875, at Spanish 
Fork, Utah, to Jeremiah and Karen Maria Nelson Murray. 
She was the sixth child in the family of nine. Here she 
spent her childhood and early school days. 

She was well trained in the art of cooking and sewing, 
working with the garden and keeping the home neat and 
orderly. When she was fifteen years old the family moved 
to the Uintah baisin to a farm her father had acquired on 
the Brush creek. A house was first built of logs to house 
the family, but soon a lovely brick house was built. The 
family was very talented in music. There were the violins 
and guitar, singing, many evenings were spent with friends 
and music. 

Rebecca married Albert Snow 18 Oct. 1892 at her 
parent's home on the Brush Creek. Rebecca was a 
beautiful bride, small in stature with large blue eyes and 
blond hair. Albert, who was ten years her senior, had 
acquired land and a small herd of cattle. By working 
together they made a good home for their family. Their 
first child, a little girl, born Nov. 5, 1894, lived only a 
month. 

Albert ran the Ferry boat across Green River from 
1903 to 1911. Rebecca prepared food for the travelers and 

56 


beds if needed. During this time they had five more 
children born to them. Milo, Newell, Hilda, Kenneth, and 
Corwin. 

In 1911 they completed the first bridge across Green 
River and did away with the Ferry boat. There was a big 
celebration. Mr. Oliver, the contractor, was to select the 
first person to cross the bridge. He chose Annie Snow, 
Albert's mother, the oldest living person living in Jensen 
(83 years old). Rebecca was chosen to accompany her so 
with old Blacky hitched to the buggy the two women 
crossed the bridge, with cheering and band fare. 

The family then moved to the ranch to live located on 
highway 149, known as the Dinosaur Road. Here two 
more boys were bom, Ross and Woodrow. On Oct. 2, 
1918, Rebecca gave birth to another son, that lived only 
two hours. Oct. 3, Rebecca died of heart failure. She left a 
husband, six boys and a daughter to remember her. She 
was loved by all and the community was saddened at her 



i i ■ - — .mm. 

Albert and Rebecca Snow, Milo, Newell and Hilda 





passing. She was a faithful Latter-day Saint and worked 
hard, especially in the Primary. 

At the time of Rebecca’s death she was president of 
the Primary in Jensen Ward. 








Milo and Olive Neal Snow 
ALBERT MILO SNOW 


Albert Milo Snow, born Dec. 8, 1895 in Jensen, 
Uintah Co.. Utah to Rebecca Murray and Albert Snow. 
Married Olive Arietta Neal May 12, 1918. They had seven 
children born to them. 

1. Edward Emmet Snow, born June 26, 1919, Died 
Oct. 23, 1922. 


My mother passed away in October, so we stayed 
with my father and the family until spring. Then we moved 
to the Todd Ranch in Jensen, owned by my father and 
Uncle Hugh. Our first baby was born there and I had one 
bumper crop of alfalfa seed. 

We left the ranch and I took work wherever I could. 
Ben Kelly owned the Jensen Mercantile Store and I 
worked there as a clerk. During the years, Mr. Kelly took 
over the mail route between Jensen and Vernal. So, I not 
only was a clerk, but I drove the mail truck too. 

My father and Uncle Hugh built a store and service 
station in Jensen, and Crawford MacKnight and I ran 
them for several years. 

Then I rented land from my father and Uncle Hugh 
on the Sunshine Ranch, and with our three little boys we 
moved there. Some years we did O.K., but there were 
water shortages or canal cave-ins and we couldn't make a 
living. So I got a foreman job in the C.C.C. Camp that 
came to Vernal in 1933. We bought a home in Vernal. 
When the camp moved to Moab we went to Salt Lake and 
worked at Remington Arms and later at Hill Air Force 
Base, and the Navy Base. We bought a home in Clearfield 
where we retired. Then we bought a home in Vernal and 
lived there for 7 years. 

We moved to Oregon to be near our son, Francke, 
and family. We bought five acres one mile from them and 
had a 3-bedroom frame home built on our land. This is a 
beautiful state and we are happy here. 

P.S. I have a wife, two sons, six grand-children and six 
great-grandchildren. 


2. Baby Sister Snow, born May 18, 1920. Died May 18, 
1920. 

3. Charles Donald Snow, bom April 15, 1926. 

4. Francke Eugene Snow, bom April 26, 1930. 

5. Clifford Milo Snow, bora June 26, 1933. Died Oct. 
14, 1957. 

6. Baby Snow, bom Jan. 9, 1936. Died Jan. 9, 1936. 

7. Freddie Snow, born June 18, 1940. Died June 18, 
1940. 


CHARLES DONALD SNOW 

Charles Donald Snow, born April 15, 1921, in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah, to Olive Arietta Neal and Albert Milo Snow. 
Married Bonniebel Goodman May 1, 1948. Their were 
two children born to them. 

1. Charles Russell Snow, bom April 19,- 

2. Richard Neal Snow, bom Oct. 1, 1957. 


Albert Milo was baptized July 3, 1904. 

I am Albert and Rebecca Murray Snow’s oldest son, 
born December 8, 1895. At age 6, I went to school in the 
little adobe school house. It wasn't far from my home. 
Later my father helped build a brick schoolhouse. The 
bricks were made and burned in Jensen, close to where 
the schoolhouse was being built. I attended this school 
through the 8th grade. Then I went to the Uintah 
Academy in Vernal for a year, and to the Wilcox 
Academy for another year. 

During the summer I helped my father on the ranch. 
There was yery little entertainment in Jensen. I helped a 
neighbor put up hay for a little spending money and then 
my friends and I would go to Vernal to see a show. 

I went to the dances in Jensen. I would go and get a 
girl by the name of Olive Neal, daughter of William Neal, 
and take her to the dance. We went together for 2 years 
and then got married at her brother Charlie’s home in 
Vernal, Utah on May 12, 1918. So, now we have 
celebrated our 62nd wedding anniversary. 


FRANCKE EUGENE SNOW 

Francke Eugene Snow, born Apr. 26, 1930, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Olive Arietta Neal and Albert Milo 
Snow. Married Holberta Traylor Sept. 29, 1948. Their 
were four children bom to them. 

1. Debra Lynn Snow, born May 3, 1953. 

2. Vicky Ilene Snow, bom Apr. 19, 1954. 

3. Patricia Ann Snow, bom Apr. 19, 1956. 

4. Michael Allen Snow, bom May 18, 1964. 

DEBRA LYNN SNOW 

Debra Lynn Snow, born May 3, 1953, in H.A.F.B., 
Utah, To Holberta Traylor and Francke E. Snow. Married 
Robert Marvin Oberlander, March 16, 1974. They have 
had two children born to them. 

1. Justin D. Oberlander, bom Sept. 3, 1976. 

2. Nathan R. Oberlander, Bom Apr. 21, 1978. 


57 














VICKY ILENESNOW 

Vicky Ilene Snow, born April 19, 1954, in Ogden 
Utah. To Holberta Traylor and Francke Eugene Snow. 
Married Mark Thomas Gillen Jan. 19, 1978. They have 
had one child. 

1. Breauna Rose Gillen, born July 13, 1978. 

PATRICIA ANN SNOW 

Patricia Ann Snow, born March 19, 1956, in Ogden 
Utah, to Holberta Adalee Traylor and Francke Eugene 
Snow. Married Brian Edwin DeWitt Aug. 2, 1973. They 
have had three children born to them. 

1. Jennifer Lorean DeWitt, born Feb. 20, 1974. 

2. David Anthony DeWitt, born March 12, 1976. 

3. Karey Suzann DeWitt, bom Nov. 22, 1977. 


f 

Alice and Newell 
NEWELL LA VELL SNOW 

Newell Lavell Snow, bom Feb. 9, 1899, in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. To Rebecca Murray and Albert Snow. 
Married Alice Collett May 29, 1919. Their were four 
children bom to them. 

1. Orin L. Snow, born Mar. 25, 1920. Died Dec. 29, 
1980. 

2. Edgar Snow, bom June 22, 1922. Died June 22, 
1922. 

3. Meril G. Snow, bom July 28, 1923. 

4. Jennie Rose Snow, born March 13, 1925. 

Newell was baptized July 7, 1907. He has had his 

temple work done. Endowed May 29, 1919. Sealed May 
29, 1919. 

Newell Lavell Snow, born Feb. 9, 1899, to Albert and 
Rebecca Murray Snow, at Jensen, Utah. He grew up on his 
father’s ranch where he spent his childhood going to 
school and helping with the ranch and garden chores. 

His father and uncle Hugh owned a large ranch and 
cattle operation on Blue Mountain, east of Jensen. At age 
fifteen Newell was riding range with his brother Milo, 
cousin Elmer and Uncle Hugh in the summer, then went 
to school in the winter. Oct. 3, 1918 his mother died. He 
left school to help his father, who had four boys younger 
than himself. The youngest was four years old. 

May 29, 1919 he married Alice Collett of Maeser, in 
the Salt Lake Temple. Alice, the daughter of Sylvanus, 




and Sarah Elizabeth Simkins Collett, was born Oct. 11, 
1898. A studious girl graduated from the eighth grade in 
1914, and from the Uintah Academy in 1917 as one of the 
highest in her class. 


and Newell Snow family 


Newell and Alice lived with his father to help with the 
boys. These years were busy years with the Spring and Fall 
round up and the long cattle drive to Craig Colo., for 
shipment to Denver Colo. The summer and winter riding 
had to be done as every man's cattle roamed the mountain 
together. During this time we had four children. Orin L., 
Edgar, who lived only a few hours, Meril G., and Jennie 
Rose. 

In 1929 we moved into the housse where we now live 
in Jensen, Utah. We homesteaded on Blue Mountain for 
six years. During the drought and we had a Mormon 
Cricket invasion. Feed was scarce, the cattle were too 
poor to walk from the mountain, and they were shot. 
There were no roads for cars, just rough wagon ruts. Our 
children were-near high school age. Orin graduated from 
Uintah High School in 1938, Meril 1941, and Jennie 1943. 
Our home life was happy. Young people made their own 
entertainment. House Parties, Weinie Roasts, Melon 
busts. 


In 1938 work and money were scarce. Orin went to 
Wyoming and found a job with the Union Pacific. Meril 
went to U.S.U. College in Logan, then returned home and 
helped with the ranch and cattle. He was called to the 
Army April 1943 in World War II. Orin joined the Navy in 
1944, Jennie married Lorin DeWaine Merriam Feb. 9, 
1944. During the war Newell and I rode the range 
together, no help was available, life went on. Busy and 
happy I began teaching Sunday School when Meril and 
Jennie were old enough to go to classes. I taught until 
1968, and have been Primary President, Relief Society 
President, Counselor to three M.I.A. Presidents. I served 
twenty eight years on county welfare board, chairman of 
the board for twenty years. 

Newell spent many hours helping in the community 
with work and money. He contributed much time and 
money to the new Chapel. We celebrated our 50th 


58 








Wedding Anniversary May 29, 1969 and our 60th in May 
1979. At eighty-one Newell still loves to ride his horse and 
help with the cattle. I am busy with garden and house 
work. 

MERIL G. and MARYNELL MERKLEY SNOW 

Meril G., son of Newell and Alice Collett Snow was 
born in Vernal. He attended school in Jensen, Vernal and 
one year at Logan. During World War II he served 32 
months with the U.S. Army Americal Division. 

Married to Marynell Merkley August 20, 1947 in the 
Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of five children, 
Ralph G., Mary Lee, Dorrene, Donett, and John L. 

They have both been active in community and church 
organizations. Meril served six years as Bishop of the 
Jensen Ward, 1960-66. 

He is the third generation of Snows to be in the cattle 
and ranching business, started in this valley by his 
grandfather Albert Snow. 



Meril and Marynell 
MERIL G. SNOW 


Meril G. Snow, born 28 July 1923, Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 
Baptized 6 Sept. 1931, Endowed, 20 Aug. 1947, Sealed 20 
Aug. 1947.. Married, 20 Aug. 1947, Salt Lake City, Utah.. 
Father, Newell Lavell Snow, Mother, Alice Collett. 
Wife, Marynell Merkley, Bom 3 Sept. 1931, Tridell, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized 3 Aug. 1940, Endowed 20 Aug. 
1947. Father John Golden Merkley. Mother Carrie Macel 
Swensen. 

Children 

1. Ralph G. Snow, bom 28 March 1950, Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized 29 Mar 1958 BIC. Married 26 Jan. 
1970 Catherine Marie Archuleta. 

2. MaryLee Snow, bom 29 Nov. 1951, Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized, 7 Dec. 1959 Endowed, 25 March 1974 
BIC. Married, 18 Sept. 1970 Morris Owen Casperson. 

3. Dorrene Snow, born July 15, 1953, Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized, Aug. 5, 1961, endowed, Aug. 17, 1973 
BIC. Married August 17, 1973 to Richard Earl Francom. 

4. Donett Snow, born, 19 Jan. 1955, Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized, 2 Feb. 1963 BIC. Married, 3 May 1974, 
Stephen Lavelle Hiatt. 



Meril G. and Marynell Snow family 

5. John L. Snow, bom 28 March 1956 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized, 28 March 1964 BIC. Married, 31 Dec. 
1975, Linda Louise Hughes. 

RALPH G. SNOW 

Ralph G. Snow, bom 28 March 1950, Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized 29 March 1958. Married 26 Jan. 1970, 
Craig, Colorado. Father, Meril G. Snow. Mother, 
Marynell Merkley. Wife Catherine Marie Archuleta. Bom 
26 January 1951. Father John Archuleta. Mother 
Ernestine Lopez. 

Children 

1. Michael G. Snow, born 30 Nov. 1970, Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. 

2. Christopher John Snow, bom 28 Sept. 1973 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. 

3. Tina Michele Snow Born, 5 Aug. 1975 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. 

MORRIS OWEN CASPERSON 

Morris Owen Casperson born 12 Oct. -, 

Idaho. Married 18 Sept. 1970. Sealed, 25 March 1974 
Logan. Father Owen Casperson. Mother Dottie Wild. 
Wife, Mary Lee Snow. Bom 21 Nov. 1951 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized 7 Dec. 1959. Endowed 25 March 1974. 
Father Meril G. Snow Mother, Marynell Merkley. 

Children 

1. Kristy Lynn Casperson, bom 19 Sept. 1974 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. 

2. Brandon M. Casperson, bom Jan. 31, 1977 in 
Vernal, Uintah County, Utah. 

3. Shanna Lee Casperson bom 10 Mar 1979 
Roosevelt, Duchesne Co., Utah. 

4. Carrie Ann Casperson born June 3, 1980, 
Roosevelt, Duchesne Co., Utah. 

RICHARD EARL FRANCOM 

Richard Earl Francom bom 7 May 1949, Salt Lake 
City, Utah. Endowed, June 1968. Sealed August 17, 1973, 
SL. Married August 17, 1973. Father Arven D. Francom. 
Mother Meta Mozell Hunter. Wife Dorrene Snow. Bom 


59 







July 15, 1953 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father Meril G. 
Snow. Mother Marynell Merkley. Baptized August 5, 
1961. Endowed August 17, 1973. 

Children 

1. Ronald Benson Francom, bom 11 Dec. 1974, Provo 
Utah, Utah BIC 

2. Ried Andrus Francom, Bom 20 April 1976 Provo 
Utah, Utah BIC. 

3. Raymond Arvin Francom bom May 19, 1980, 
Provo, Utah, Utah BIC. 

STEPHEN LA VELLE HIATT 

Stephen Lavelle Hiatt, born Sept. 24, 1951. Married 
May 3, 1974. Father Harry Franklin Hiatt. Mother Fannie 
Jean Harrow. Wife Donett Snow, bom Jan. 19, 1955, 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 2, 1963. Father Meril 
G. Snow. Mother Marynell Merkley. 

Children 

1. Scott Hiatt bom 5 April 1978 Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 

2. Kevin Deloy Hiatt born 16 Feb. 1980, Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. 

JOHN L. SNOW 

John L. Snow, born March 28, 1956 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized March 28, 1964. Married Dec. 31, 1975. 
Father Meril G. Snow. Mother Marynell Merkley. Wife 
Linda Louise Hughes. Bom Jan. 9, 1954, Delta, Colorado. 
Father Clohd Norman Hughes. Mother Margie Ann 
■ Prilliman. 

Children 

1. Randelyn Snow born 7 April 1978. Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. 

ORINL.SNOW 

Orin “L" Snow, born to Newell Lavell and Alice 
Collett Snow, March 25, 1920, at Jensen Uintah, Utah. 

Orin grew up on his father's farm, attended school in 
Jensen through the eighth grade and went to high school 
at Vernal, Utah. In 1938, he went to Wyoming and worked 
for his uncle Wiley for the summer, and started work for 
the Union Pacific Railroad. He met Thelma Petersen, of 
Lyman Wyoming, and was married Nov. 1,1939. Moved to 
Rawlins Wyoming in 1941. 

They had two chhildren Larry Orin, bom Aug. 4, 
1941, and Diane Mae, bom May 23, 1943. Orin joined the 
Navy in 1944 and his wife and children lived with his 
parents while he was gone. Orin and Thelma were 
divorced in 1958. 

He married Joyce Powers Kiser, Aug. 5, 1959. He 
adopted her two oldest boys, who’s father had died, Boyd 
Rich and Chas Allen. 

In 1974 Orin received thirty five year pin as engineer 
on the Railroad. He retired in 1976 due to an accident. 
Orin and Joyce live at Encampment, Wyoming. He died 29 
Dec. 1980. 

DIANA MAE SNOW 

Diana Mae Snow, bom May 24, 1943 in Rawlins, 
Wyo. Daughter of Orin L. and Thelma Mae Peterson 
Snow. Married Richard E. Freeman in 1962. Diana has a 
son, Larry Ray, bom May 25, 1963. This marriage ended in 


divorce, and Diana later married Kenneth Fleming. Diana 
lives on a ranch in Dayville, Oregon. 

LARRY ORIN SNOW 

Larry Orin Snow, bom Aug. 5, 1946 in Rawlins, Wyo. 
Son of Orin L. Snow and Thelma Mae Peterson. Married 
Rita Jean Reynolds on Mar. 24, 1973. He has a daughter, 
Courtney Mae Snow bom Dec. 9, 1974. Married Sonja Sue 
Sanders on Sept. 28, 1979. Larry and Sonja live in Jensen, 
Utah. Larry works at Bonanza, Utah. 

BOYD RICHARD SNOW 

Boyd Richard Snow, bom Jan. 28, 1944, at Council 
Bluffs, Iowa. Son of Jaye V. Danes and and Joyce Powers. 
He was later adopted by Orin L. Snow. Married Jane Rose 
Heithoff on Sept. 5, 1970. Boyd Richard and Jane live at 
Rawlins, Wyo. with their two sons, Christopher Michael 
and Jeremey. Boyd is an engineer on the Union Pacific 
Railroad. 

CHARLES ALLEN SNOW 

Charles Allen Snow, bom in Council Bluffs, Iowa on 
April 25, 1945 to Jaye V. Danes, and Joyce Powers. Later 
adopted by Orin L. Snow. Charles and his wife Patricia 
live in Rawlins. Wyo. They have two children, Garold 
Allen, age 5, and Carole Ann, age 2. Charles is an engineer 
on the Union Pacific Railroad. 



Newell and Alice Collette Snow. Jenny Snow Merream, and L. 
DeWayne Merream family 


JENNIE ROSE SNOW 

Jennie Rose Snow, born Mar. 12, 1925 in Vernal, 
Uintah Co., Utah. To Alice Collett and Newell Lavell 
Snow. Married Lorin De Wayne Merriam Feb. 9, 1944. 
There were five children bom to this Union. 

1. Lorin Kay Merriam, born Apr. 24, 1946. 


60 


2. Myraa Merriam, born July 18, 1947. 

3. Margie Merriam, born Jan.. 20, 1949. 

4. Joseph Merriam, born Aug. 10, 1950. 

5. JoAnn Merriam, born Aug. 10, 1950. 

Jennie was baptized Aug. 6, 1933. 

Jennie Rose Snow Merrian married Lorin De Wayne 
Merriam, who was born at Manti, Utah, Feb. 9, 1944 and 
moved to Colorado, where De Wayne owned sheep in 
company with his Uncle Joseph Livingston. In 1950, he left 
the sheep business and they moved to Meeker, Colorado 
where they now live. 

They worked with the MIA for several years. When 
the children were all in school Jennie went to work with 
De Wayne where they were manager of the Men’s 
department in the Oland store, from there he went to the 
Sertial Hardware store. De Wayne has served as a city 
council man two terms. Then was Mayor of Meeker for 
two terms. Served five years and retired with a medical 
discharge. 

They are parents of five children, Lorin Kay, who 
lives in Meeker and works at the Colowyo strip coal mine. 
Myrna, a graduate of the LDS Business College lives with 
her husband Albino Gonazles, who teaches Languages at 
the Adams College in Alamosa, Colo. They have two girls, 
Ximema, and Ariella. 

Margie, and Charles McGiboney and two boys live in 
Woodbridge, Virginia. Charles is a civil engineer. They 
are all active in their church. Boys, Edward and Steven. Jo 
Ann and Rocky Pantuso and two boys, Anthony and 
Chaunsey, live in Grand Junction. They are busy with 
community life. Rocky is an engineer for the Denver and 
Rio Grande Railroad. During the summer, he does 
Landscaping in his off work hours. 

Joseph lives on a ranch at Phippsbury, Colo. He raises 
Buffaloes and works as a machine Maintenance — at the 
Oak Creek strip mines. 

LORIN DEWAYNE MERRIAM 

Lorin DeWayne Merriam, born: 1 Sept. 1919, Manti 
Sanpete, Utah. Baptized: 20 Dec. 1927. Married: 9 Feb. 
1944 Jensen, Uintah, Utah. Father: Lorin Edwin Merriam 
Mother: Isabelle Livingston Wife: Jennie Rose Snow 
Born: 13 March 1925, Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized 6 
Aug. 1933. Father: Newell Luvell Snow. Mother: Alice 
Collett. 


GEORGE ALBINO GONZALES 

George Albino Gonzales born Feb. 7, 1948, 

Guadalupita, New Mexico. Married June 8, 1969 in 
Meeker, Rio Blanco, Colorado. Father Louise George 
Gonzales Mother Terry. Wife Myrna Merriam, born July 
18,1947 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah, baptized Nov. 5, 1955. 
Father Lorin DeWayne Merriam Mother Jennie Rose 
Snow. 

Children 

1. Tanya Xmena born 7 April 1970 Alamosa, 
Colorado. 


2. Ariella Briann Gonzales born 28 May 1976 
Alamosa, Colorado. 

CHARLES WATTS McGIBONEY 

Charles Watts McGiboney, bom 29 Dec. 1959, 
Lufkin, Texas. Married, 8 Oct. 1966, Meeker, Colorado. 
Father Edward Monroe McGiboney Mother Sadie Lee 
Walden. Wife, Margie Merriam.Born Jan. 20, 1949, 
Meeker. Colorado. Father Lorin DeWayne Merriam 
Mother Jennie Rose Snow. 

Children 

11. Edward Wayne McGiboney born 13 Feb. 1968 
Little Rock, Pulaski Ark. Baptized July 7, 1975. 

2. Stephen Andrew McGiboney born 24 Aug. 1973, 
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, La. 

ROCKY LOUES PANLUSO 

Rocky Loues Panluso born 7 Jam 1948 Grand Junc¬ 
tion, Mesa, Colorado. Married March 15, 1960, Meeker 
Rio Blanco, Colorado. Father, Louie Pantuso, Mother 
Norma Jean Ferguson. Wife JoAnn Merriam. Born Aug. 
19, 1950 in Vernal, Uintah. Utah. Baptized Oct. 4, 1958. 
Father Lorin DeWayne Merriam Mother Jennie Rose 
Snow. Children 

1. Anthony Hollis Pantuso, born 3 Oct. 1972 Grand 
Junction, Mesa Colorado. 

2. Chaunsey Laveil Pantuso bom 20 Dec. 1978 Grand 
Junction, Mesa, Colorado. 



T. Pierre and Hilda Snow Morgan 


HILDA GLADYS SNOW 

My Mother Rebecca Murray Snow died Oct. 3, 1918 
while giving birth to a baby boy who also died. She left 
our father, two older brothers, and five brothers younger 
than myself. It was hard for all of us, but our father taught 
us the way we should live, to be honest, fair and to do unto 
others as we would be done by. He wanted us to have a 
good education. When any one asked how many children 
he had he always answered six boys and each has a sister. I 
was the sister. I tried to do as much of the work as I could. 


61 





My brother Milo married Olive Arietta Neal, they lived 
with us for a while. I was baptized in the Green River Oct. 
3, 1909. 

I worked in the primary as secretary several years. 
After my mother’s death I served in her place as counselor 
to Mary Ellen Wilkens. I was organist in Sunday School, 
also taught a class, secretary in M.I.A., leader of the 4-H 
girls, belonged to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers 
Escalante Camp, served as Captain and as Marker 
Chairman. On August 3, 1921, I married Clarence 
Sorenson. 

On May 19, 1922 a beautiful baby daughter was born. 
Our marriage did not work out. We were divorced in 1925. 
Rebecca and I went home to my father. Grandmother 
Snow lived with us. She was one of the dearest persons 
I’ve ever known. Aunt Nell Gardner or Aunt Hester 
Barton, Dad’s sisters, would stay with us. I worked in .he 
Post Office for several years, Assistant to Postmaster 
Henry Chapman. His general Store adjoined the Post 
Office. Grandmother Snow celebrated her one hundredth 
birthday, March 19, 1928, she was active and alert, she 
read the bible by the window. She never wore glasses. July 
19, 1928 after suffering from a broken hip she died, we all 
missed her so much. 

July 30, 1930 I married Thomas Pierre Morgan. We 
moved to the K ranch in Colorado, lived in a log house 
with beautiful cotton wood trees around it. A cattle and 
horse ranch, there was a lot of work to be done. We 
carried out water from the ditch, cleaned kerosene lamps 
and filled them daily. Cooked on a wood burning stove. 
Rebecca stayed in Jensen with her Aunt Maude Snow to 
go to school and came home for the summer. 

December 19, 1933 our son Thomas Albert was bom 
a healthy beautiful baby, his grandmother Morgan’s only 
grandson, the rest were girls. 

In 1936 Pierre lost his Mother. It was a sad time for all 
of us. On April 23, 1937 our Baby girl Ellen was bom, a 
darling, loving baby. 

When five years old Tommy started to school at the 
twin wash school, eight grades in one room. Ellen started 
to school at Pops Place. 

We had all the ups and downs of ranch life, we went 
through the depression of the thirties, the hard winter 
when many people went broke. In spite of it all, we had a 
good life. Pleasant memories like when Tommy’s father 
bought him a new saddle. What a thrill. We built a new 
home in the early forties and had our first electric lights, 
powered by a Delco light plant with storage batteries, it 
was great, after kerosene lamps all our lives. We had a 
radio made for thirty two watts power. We got the news 
and Helen Trent, Ma Perkins, Cecil and Sally, and Amos 
and Andy. We had many family dinners and gatherings at 
our house. 

Our daughter Rebecca married Bill Johnston at the K 
Ranch, a gala affair, friends came from Far and near, 
Melba Lattner made a most beautiful wedding cake. We 
wept when they left for Grand Isle. La. to live. 

Pierre's health was failing. In 1948 we sold the ranch 
and moved to Jensen, then to Vernal and finally settled 
down in the Wm. Ackhurst home where I now live. We 


traveled, first to Mexico and enjoyed it so much we made 
several trips down there. We toured many of the States 
and Canada. It’s a beautiful country and such friendly 
people. Tommy was in Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant 
Utah, and Ellen was in St. Mary's Academy in Salt Lake 
City. After graduation Tommy went to Colorado School of 
mining, and married Jacquelyn Drew, moved to Salt Lake 
and Tom graduated in the top three of his class from the 
University of Utah. Ellen attended the LDS Business 
College in Salt Lake. She married Merrill L. Johns in the 
fifth Ward Chapel with many friends and relatives around. 



Thomas Albert Morgan, Rebecca S. Johnson, Ellen Grace 
Morgan 


She was a beautiful bride coming down the aisle on her 
fathers arm. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple 
Dec. 19, 1963. They have six children. 

Pierre died Apr. 16, 1959 and I went to work for Mr. 
Duke in his Bakery and in the Uintah County Library. 
Also worked in the Utah Field House of Natural History 
fifteen years. I was County President of the Daughters of 
Utah Pioneers at the time that the Little Rock Tithing 
Office was moved across town to a new location. 

I am a member of the American Legion Auxiliary 
Whitbeck Post No. 11, have served as Uintah 
President and District President, was noble Grand in 
Unity Rebecca Lodge No. 23, also District Deputy 
President. Active in the Church I attend and belong to the 
Special interest and Home evening group. 

Sept. 20, 1978 I went to the Salt Lake Temple with 
Rhoda Stevens, it was a wonderful experience. 

I spend the cold winters in the warmer climates of 
Colorado, and Arizona and visit some of my brothers and 
my children. 

While Tommy was stationed in England their son 
Mathew was born Jan. 12, 1974 in Norwick England, 
Mathew’s Christening gave my daughter Rebecca, 
granddaughter Peri Lyn and I a reason to fly on a BOAC 
707 to England for the christening. We spent a week in 
London and saw the changing of the Guard at 
Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Harmston Court 
Palace, the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, 
and many more wonderful sight. The following year I 


62 





again made a trip and visited many of the European 
countries. I think I have had an interesting life. Many 
changes have taken place, from kerosene lamps to electric 
lights, horse and buggy to motor cars, to the space age. 

I have been around for two world wars, the Korean 
and Vietnam, my prayers are now for everlasting peace 
for all people of the world. 

CLARENCE SORENSEN 

Clarence Sorensen, born in Monroe, Utah, to Isaac 
Sorenson and Eliza McCarthy. Married Aug. 3, 1921 in 
Vernal, Utah, Uintah County, to Hilda Gladys Snow, bom 
Feb. 5, 1901 Jensen, Utah, Uintah, County to Albert Snow 
and Rebecca Murray. Baptized Oct. 13, 1909. 

Children 

1. Rebecca Sorenson born 19 May 1922 Vernal, Utah 
Uintah. 

WILLIAM RUSSELL JOHNSTON 

William Russell Johnston, bom 23 January 
1921,Key stone, Oklahoma to James Cannon Johnston and 
Mary Corcorkan. Married Rebecca Sorenson, born 19 
May 1922, Vernal, Utah to Clarence Sorenson and Hilda 
Gladys Snow. 

Children 

1. Pamela Corcoran born 3 March 1950 New Orleans, 
Jefferson, La. 



Pamela and Rebecca Johnston 


THOMAS PIERRE MORGAN 

Thomas Pierre Morgan born, 28 April 1894, Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado to Thomas Matthew Morgan and Grace 
Edith Vaughan Married 30 July 1930 Price, Carbon Utah. 
Died 13 April 1959 Vernal Uintah, Utah Buried 17 April 
1959 Craig, Moffat, Colo. Wife Hilda Gladys Snow bom 5 
Feb. 1901 Jensen, Uintah, Utah. Baptized 13 Oct. 1909. 
Father Albert Snow Mother Rebecca Murray. Other 
husband (1) Clarence Sorenson 
Children 

1. Thomas Albert Morgan born 19 Dec. 1933 Vernal, 


Uintah, Utah. Married 31 July 1954 Jacquilyn Drew 
Atkins. 

2. Ellen Grace Morgan bom 23 March 1937 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized 22 Aug. 1952 Endowed 19 Dec. 
1963. Married 30 Nov. 1957. Merrill LUewellyn Johns. 



Thomas Albert Morgan 


THOMAS ALBERT MORGAN 

Thomas Albert Morgan, born Dec. 19, 1933 in 
Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, to Thomas Pierre Morgan 
and Hilda Gladys Snow. Married July 29, 1972 in 
Waukegan, III. Other wives (1) July 30, 1954, Jacquellyn 
Atkins. Wife (2) Shirley Louise Panned, bom April 5, 1935 
in Wink, Winklee, Texas to Bucnise Clyde Panned and 
Mary Louise Voss. Other husband, Kenneth Ray Feemster 
(div) 

Children 

1. Thomas Atkin Morgan (Adopted) bom 13 Sept. 
1964 Casper, Natrona, Wyoming. 

2. Christen Dominique Morgan (Adopted) bom 18 
Dec. 1965 Casper, Natrona, Wyoming. 

3. Thomas Mathew Morgan 12 Jan 1974 Norwich, 
Norfolk England. 

MERRILL LEWELL YN JOHNS 

Merrill Lewellyn Johns born 5 April 1936 Delta Utah 
Married 30 Nov. 1957 Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father Reed 
Llewedyn Johns Mother Matha Abbott. Wife Ellen Grace 
Morgan bom 23 April 1937 Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Bap¬ 
tized 15 Aug. 1952 Endowed 19 Dec. 1963. Father Thomas 
Pierre Morgan Mother Hilda Gladys Snow. 

Children 

1. Michael Ray Johns bom 18 Oct. 1958 Vernal 
Uintah, Utah. Married 7 Oct. 1978 Hody Ann Saunders. 

2. Perilyn Johns born, 22 Feb. 1960 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. 

3. Thomas Morgan Johns, bom, 4 Aug. 1961 Vernal 
Uintah, Utah. 

4. Patricia Ann Johns, born, 24 April 1967, Murray, 
Salt Lake Utah. 

5. Max Edward Johns, bom, 16 April 1968, Murray 
Salt Lake Utah. 


63 



Milo. Jean, James, Corwin, Jerry, Leo, Barton, Barbara, Jean 


CORWIN MASON SNOW 


Morgan, Max, Patricia, Peri Lyn, Michael, Ellen, Merrill, 
Cassandra 


Corwin Mason Snow, born Feb. 25, 1910, in Jensen, 
Uintah County, Utah. Baptized May 5, 1918. Married Aug. 
7, 1934 in San Diego, California. Died June 15, 1979, Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Buried June 19, 1979 in 
Jensen, Uintah County, Utah. 

Other wives (2) Grace Hunting. Father, Albert Snow. 
Mother, Rebecca Murray. 

Wife, Eugenia Rosmond Tamlin Matthews, bom 
April 11, 1915 in Plymouth, England. Baptized May 6, 
1961. Endowed Dec. 9, 1978. Died May 19, 1977. Buried 
May 23, 1977, in Jensen, Uintah County, Utah. Father 
Wilbur Wesley Matthews. Mother Dorothy Rowden 
Tamlin. 

Children 

1. Barbara Jean Snow born 2 July 1935 San Diego, 
California. Baptized 2 Aug. 1947. Married 16 Sept. 1953 to 
Clyde J. Slaugh (div) No. 2 md. 24 Sept. 1966 Morris 
Stanley Yates. 

2. Corwin Barton Snow born 9 Aug. 1939 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized 12 Nov. 1949. Married 24 Jan. 1958 
Joleen Moon. 

3. Gary Mason Snow, born Aug. 23, 1942 Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized 3 May 1952. Married 12 Jan. 1962 
Daphne Mae Amende. 

4. Albert Leo Snow born 21 Sept. 1946 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized 5 Feb. 1955 Endowed 20 Aug. 
1965. Married 21 Aug. 1964 Leta Chapman. 

5. Bernard Milo Snow, born Oct. 8, 1952 in Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah. Baptized May 6, 1961. Married Dec. 
7, 1974 to Patsy Ann Holmes. 

6. James Eben Snow born 1 Aug. 1956 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 1, 1964. Married Oct. 21, 
1976 to Patricia Jo Lambertson. 

Corwin Mason Snow, bora 25 February 1910 in 
Jensen, Utah, fifth child of Albert Snow and Rebecca 
Murray. At the death of his mother, October 1918, Corwin 
went to live with his Uncle Hugh and Aunt Elizabeth 
Murray Snow and their sons Elmer and Elsworth. Their 
home was just north of Alberts home. Here he lived until 


Michael and Holly Jons, son Kristopher 


MICHAEL RAY JOHNS 


Michael Ray Johns bora, 18 Oct. 1958 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah to Merrill Llewellyn Johns and Ellen Grace 
Morgan. Married 7 Oct. 1978 to Holly Ann Saunders bora 
13 Dec. 1960 Murray Saalt Lake, Utah, to George Francis 
Saunders and Ruth Lorraine Johnstun 
Children 

1. Kristopher Michael Johns bom 19 March 1979 Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake Utah. 


64 





about January 1929. Double tragedy hit the Snow home 
his Uncle Hugh and cousin Elsworth died just a few hours 
apart in the Vernal Hospital in December 1928. Corwin 
went back to live with his father and brothers. 

He attended Jensen Elementary and High School in 
Vernal. 

In 1932 at the invitation of his married brother 
Kenneth, Corwin went to San Diego and started work in a 
city bakery. 

While living in California, Corwin met and sang a few 
times with Bing Crosby whose singing Corwin idolized and 
tried to mimic. Corwin sang for a San Diego and Tia Juana 
Mexico radio stations. 

In San Diego he met Eugenie (Jean) Rosemond 
Tamelin Kenworthy Mathews, the daughter of Wilber W. 
Mathews and Dorothy Tamelin. Jean was born 11 April 
1915 in Plymouth, England. Her father a U.S. citizen 
serving in the U.S. Navy and her mother of Plymouth, 
England. Jean was five years old when her family moved 
to the states. She attended grade and high school in San 
Diego, California. Corwin and Jean were married 7 August 
1934 in San Diego. 

In 1936 Corwin and Jean and baby Barbara Jean 
moved back to Jensen and later to the Dragon Gilsonite 
mines. They didn't stay there long, and once again moved 
to Jensen living with Corwin’s father. That summer they 
took a tent and lived up Green River and panned for gold, 
barely making enough for groceries. 

He worked as a tour guide at Dinosaur National 
Monument under Dr. A.C. Boyle. While working at the 
Dinosaur monument he was often asked to sing to en¬ 
tertain tourists. It was about this time Corwin and Ab 
Murray had their own program on radio station KJAM 
Vernal. 

Corwin worked for the Uintah County Road 
Department as a cat operator. He later went to work for 
Uintah Oil Refinery located across the river from Jensen 
first as a truck driver then became Superintendent. He 
held this job even when the refinery moved to Rangley, 
Colorado, until it closed down. 

He worked on the building of East Park resevoir dam, 
pioneered in helping to bring television to Uintah Basin, 
served on building committee for the Jensen ward chapel 
and was a long time member of Uintah Cattlemans 
Association. He and his children farmed his acreage, ran a 
few cattle. 

With all his occupations singing was his great joy. He 
sang at many social functions and at manv funerals. 

While working with farm machinery in late 1960, he 
bruised his leg severely. The bruise later became can¬ 
cerous. Various operations helped, but in May 1979 his 
entire leg was removed. He never left the hospital. Corwin 
died June 15, 1979. 

Jean died May 17, 1977 of cancer and emphezema. 

. Corwin married Grace Hunting McKeachnie October 
1977. 

Corwin and Jean were parents of six children, Bar¬ 
bara Jean, Corwin Barton, Gary Mason, Albert Leo, 
Bernard Milo, James Eben, also there were 15 grand¬ 
children at the time of his death. 


BARBARA JEAN SNOW 

Barbara Jean Snow, born July 2, 1935 in San Diego 
California, to Corwin Mason and Eugenia Rosamond 
Tamlin Mathews Snow. Baptized Aug. 2, 1947 . Married 
Sept. 16, 1953. Clyde J. Slaugh, in Rapid City S.D. son of 
Frederic E. and Martha Jane Greenhaw, Slaugh. 

Dennis J. Slaugh, born Dec. 23, 1955, in Casper Wyo. 
Divorced, Married No. 2, Morris Stanley Yates, Sept. 24, 
1966. Baptized August 7, 1947. Barbara lives in San Diego, 
California. 



Back. Joleen and Barton. Left to right, Ronda. Janice. Debra 
Jean. 


CORWIN BARTON SNOW 

Corwin Barton Snow, born Aug. 9, 1939 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Eugenia Rosamond Matthews and 
Corwin Mason Snow. Married Joleen Moon Jan. 24, 1958. 
There were four children born to them. 

1. Debra Jean Snow, born July 26, 1958. 

2. Rhonda Snow, born Jan. 5, 1960. 

3. Janice Snow, born August 1, 1961. 

4. Corwin Deon Snow, stillborn Oct. 2, 1962.. 
Corwin Barton Snow was bom Aug. 9, 1939 to Corwin 

Mason Snow and Eugenia Rosemond Tamlin Mathews in 
Vernal, Utah. Barton married Jolene Moon on Jan. 21, 
1958 in Jensen, Utah, Uintah County. They made then- 
home in Jensen. 


65 




Debra Jean Snow Condo. Twins Patrick Dean. Carwin Barton 


First child was born July 26, 1958 in Vernal, Utah. She 
was given the name of Debra Jean. 

Barton worked for De Marr Dudley Chicken farm, 
then went to work at the Little Bonanza Gilsonite mines. 
Our second child was born Jan. 5, 1960 in Vernal, Utah. 
We named her Rhonda. That spring Barton worked for 
the Escalante Ranch. On August 1, 1961 Janice was born, 
then in the spring 1962 we went to work for Joe Murray on 
the Sunshine Ranch. The fourth child, a boy, was still 
born, we named him Corwin. Deon was bom Oct. 20, 1962 
in Vernal, Utah. Barton then worked for Dowell, Hatch 
Co., P.I.E., had his own trucking business hauling oil, 
farmed worked for Manning, now is a pumper in the 
Ashley Oil fields. 


DEBRA JEAN SNOW 


Sept. 2, 1972. Married Rowe C. Anderson Sept. 29, 1979 in 
Jensen, Uintah, Utah. 


1. Angie Rose Anderson, bom March 3, 1980, Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. 



GARY MASON SNOW 


Gary Mason Snow born 23 Aug. 1942. Jensen Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized 3 May 1952.. Married 12 Jan. 1962 Jensen, 
Uintah Utah. Father, Corwin Mason Snow. Mother 
Eugenie Rosamond Tamlin Matthews. Wife Daphne Fae 
Amende. Bom March 29, 1942 in Sheridan, Wyoming. 
Baptized Jan. 1, 1961. Father Henry Albert Amende. 
Mother Wyona Mae Dykes. 


Debra Jean Snow, born July 26, 1958. In Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Joleen Moon and Corwin Barton Snow. 
Married Patrick Dean Coando. They have had two 
children bom to them. 

1. David Alan Coando, born Dec. 2, 1978. 

2. Paul Dean Coando, born Dec. 2, 1978. 

Debra was baptized Sept. 27, 1969. 

RONDA SNOW ANGUS 

Ronda Snow Angus, bom Jan. 5, 1960 Vernal, Uintah 
Co. Utah, to Corwin Barton and Joleen Moon Snow, 
Baptized Mar. 27, 1971, Married May 18, 1978, Kevin D. 
Angus, Born Nov. 5, 1957, in Vernal Uintah Co. Utah 

JANICE SNOW ANDERSON 

Janice Snow, bom August 1, 1961 in Vemd, Uintah, 
Utah, to Corwin Barton and Joleen Moon Snow. Baptized 

66 


ALBERT LEO SNOW 

Albert Leo Snow, was bom Sept. 21, 1946, to Corwin 
Mason and Eugenia Mathews Snow, in Jensen, Utah. 
Baptized into the L.D.S. Church Feb. 5, 1955. Married 
Leta Chapman August 21, 1964. This married was later 
solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple Aug. 20, 1965. 

Their first home was in Rangely Colo., where Leo 
was employed in the oil fields. They lived a short time in 
Vernal before moving to Jensen to make their permanent 
home. 

Leo operated an Oil Field Construction Co. for six 
years before changing to farming to and raising stock. 

To this union five children have been bom, 

1. Vickie Lyn Snow, bom Mar. 30,1965. and Baptized 
April 1, 1973. 

2. Teresa Ann Snow, born Aug. 18, 1968, and Bap¬ 
tized Sept. 3, 1975. 





Leo and Leila Snow family 

3. Brian Leo Snow born Sept. 3, 1971. 

4. Jeffery Mason Snow, born May 22, 1974. 


5. Denise Snow born Mar. 11, 1977. 

6. Janele Snow, born Oct. 4, 1980. 



X 

Bernard Milo. Patsy Ann, Andrea Ranea, Marenda Ann, 
Sandra Lynn Snow. 

BERNARD MILO SNOW 


Leo, Leta and the children have some of the best 
registered Suffolk sheep and Leo has one of the best 
singing voices which he inherited from his father, Corwin 
who sang at many funerals and on other occasions. 


Born Oct. 8, 1952 Vernal Utah, to Corwin and Jean 
Snow and was raised in Jensen Utah where I now live with 
my wife and three children. I have one sister Barbara Jean 
Yates, four brothers, Barton Gary, Leo and Jim Snow. I 
work for Intermountain Concrete Co., running heavy 
equipment. 


I married Patsy Ann Holmes Dec. 7, 1974, who was 
born July 15, 1954 in Vernal Utah she was raised in Davis 
Ward by parents Benjamin and Gladys Buist Holmes, 
Patsy Ann keeps busy with her three daughters and she 
likes sewing, cooking, making things and camping hun¬ 
ting, and horse riding. 

June 22, 1975 a daughter Andrea Ranea was born to 
us now five years old she goes to Kindergarten at Naples 
and enjoys it very much. She likes all kinds of animals. 

March 12, 1978 another girl was born Marenda Ann, 
is two years old and likes playing with her sisters and her 
cats. 


Oct. 6, 1980 Sandra Lynn was bom now three months 
old she loves to play with her two older sisters, She is a 
very happy baby. The two oldest girls love to go camping 
and fishing with their parents. 



James Eben and Patricia Jo Snow and Kimberly Snow 


JAMES EBEN SNOW 


James Eben Snow was the youngest son of Corwin 
Mason and Jean R. Snow. He was born August 1, 1956 at 
the Uintah County Hospital at Vernal, Utah. He was 
raised on his parents home place, the Sunshine Ranch in 
Jensen Utah. His parents taught him the arts of farming 
and ranching. He enjoyed working in the fields and 
tending the livestock. He was an active 4-H member in the 
local club. He attended school in Jensen and graduated 
from Uintah High School in Vernal in 1974. He had been 
involved in sports, the FFA program, and other school 
activities. 

Jim chose welding as a profession. He is very clever 
and talented with the welding rod. He also operates heavy 
equipment. He loves hunting, both with a rifle and a bow. 
He loves sports, especially baseball and enjoys bowling 
with his wife. 

On October 27, 1976 he married Patricia Jo Lam- 
berson and on April 2, 1977 a daughter-Kimberly Jo was 
bom to them at the Uintah County Hospital in Vernal, 
Utah. 


67 





KENNETH CHARLES SNOW 


CHARLES KENNETH SNOW 


Kenneth Charles Snow born in Jensen Utah, May 28, 
1905 to Albert Snow and Rebecca Murray Snow, 
Received early education in Jensen and the old Uintah 
Academy. On November 30, 1923 was married to Lillian 
Langston in Meeker, Colorado. Worked in coal mine in 
coalmine basin first year of marriage. 


Lived all winter in a tent. Moved to San Diego, 



Kenneth and Lillian Langston Snow 


California. We had one daughter Anna Fay, bom July 23, 
1928. 

We received our endowments in the St. George 
Temple 31 May 1929. 

We moved back to Vernal, Ut. and bought the old 
Langston home one mile east of Vernal, where we lived 
and operated a dairy farm, and raised short horn cattle, 
from some of the best herds in the U.S.A. I also owned 
and operated a Texaco Service Station which I was forced 
to give up due to a heart attack. In 1961 my activities came 
almost to a complete halt. In 1968 I went in for heart 
surgery which was a success for about two years. 

On 8 September 1974 Lillian died of heart failure, at 
the first of the year in 1975 I under went heart surgery 
again. On the 9 Sept. 1976 I married again to Georgia 
Smith Thompson. At the present time we are living in La 
Point, Utah and spend the winters in Casa Grande, Ariz. 
For six years I have worked for the Canal company taking 
care of Vernal City water. In 1975 I taught the Gospel 
Doctrine Class. We attend church in Casa Grande Second 
Ward and do Home Teaching there and take care of 
Temple work in the Arizona Temple. 



Charles Kenneth Snow, bom May 28, 1905. Married 
Georgia Smith. (2nd marriage) No children born to them. 

RONDLE ROGERS 

Rondle Rogers born 3 Oct. 1920. Baptized, 5 Oct. 
1928. Sealed, 22 Nov. 1961. Married 22 Nov. 1961, Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake Utah.. Father, Marion Philemon 
Rogers. Mother, Elizabeth Kidd. Wife, Anna Fay Rogers. 
Born, 23 July 1928, San Diego California. Baptized, 4 Sept. 
1937. Endowed, 21 Nov. 1961. Sealed to parents, 11 July 
1967. Father, Kenneth Charles Snow. Mother, Lillian 
Langston Snow. 

Children 

1. Randy Roy Rogers, born 29 Dec. 1956, Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized: 1 July 1967. Sealed to 
parents: 11 July 1967. Married: 13 Sept. 1978 to Linda 
Christine Browne. 

2. Timothy Rondle Rogers, bom 12 May 1958, Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized: 1 July 1967. Sealed 
to parents: 11 July 1967. 


3. Cathleen Fay Rogers bom: 15 April 1959, Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized: 6 Dec. 1969. Sealed to 
parents: 7 Mar. 1970. Married: Kenneth Maynard Cook. 



ANNA FAY SNOW ROGERS 


Anna Fay Snow Rogers bom, in San Diego, Calif, on 
July 23, 1928 to Kenneth Charles and Lillian Langston 
Snow. Moved to Vernal, Utah at the age of five, attended 
Central Elementary School and Uintah High School 
graduated in 1946. Became interested in livestock at a 
very early age, and raised a champion calf which took first 
prize for several years as it grew. 

Anna Fay is also an accomplished musician and 
learned to play the Marimba at the age of eight years, and 
played on many different functions from that time up to 
the present time. She still entertaines at weddings, and 
special church programs. 

In 1949 she started to work for the Telephone 
Company in San Jose, Calif., which was the largest manual 
telephone office in the world. After several years she 
came back to Vernal and continued working for the 
telephone company where she still works. 

She married Rondle Rogers 22 Nov. 1961 in the Salt 
Lake LDS Temple. They own a ranch near Pelicon Lake, 


68 








Timothy Rondle and bride Brenda Roberts Rodgers 

Assembly to serve as Grand Representative of Canada 
from Fremont Assembly and attended Canada's Grand 
Assembly Sept. 28-29, 1979 as Grand Officer ended April 
2, 1980.’ 

CATHLEEN FAY ROGERS COOK 

Cathleen'Fay Rogers Cook, bom April 15, 1959, to 
Rondle and Anna Fay Snow Rogers, in Salt Lake City, 
Utah. Attended the elementary through High Schools in 
Vernal, Utah. Met her husband Kenneth in St. George. 
They were married in Chula Vista Calif. On June 14, 1979 
my tiny baby daughter Kristine died in a tragic accident 
being caught between the wall and crib she was sleeping 
in. Unable to stand their loss and reminder in familiar 
surroundings, they moved to San Diego California, where 
they still reside. 

ROSS BARTON SNOW 

Ross Barton Snow, bom 8 Sept. 1912, Jensen, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized: Aug. 5, 1923. Married: Dec. 20, 1935, 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father: Albert Snow. Mother: 
Rebecca Murray. Wife: Vera Merle Harrison. Born: 30 
Nov. 1911. Bennett, Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 2 Dec. 1961. 
Father: John Harrison Mother: Laura Beatrice Neal. 
Children 

1. Marilyn Merle Snow Born: 28 March 1939, Vernal, 

69 


which used to be known as Leota. They also run registered 
Angus cattle. Her husband Rondle has drove school bus 
for 27 yrs., and takes care of his livestock and ranch. They 
have bought 40 acres of the Roy Mills place and also her 
parents home in Vernal, they have three children, Randy, 
Timothy and Cathleen, and five grandchildren. 


Randy Roy and Linda Christine Brown Rogers 
RANDY ROY ROGERS 

Randy Roy Rogers, born Dec. 29, 1956, to Rondle 
and Anna Fay Snow Rogers in Salt Lake City, Utah, 
attended schools in Vernal Utah, helped his father on the 
ranch and with the livestock. Drove a tractor while very 
young, and loved to ride his horse Trigger. Helped 
Maintain the machinery and keep things going. 

He married Linda Brown, Sept. 13, 1978 in Salt Lake 
City Utah. They have two daughters from Linda's previous 
marriage. Linda graduated from University of Utah and is 
employed at the Utah State Prison as a counselor, and 
helps find jobs for those being released. Linda also writes 
books for children in her spare time. Randy has worked in 
the Oil Fields and cement finishing, and is now going into 
business with Linda’s family making snow plows. They are 
now buying a new home in Sandy, Utah. 

TIMOTHY RONDLE ROGERS 

Timothy Rondle Rogers, born May 12, 1958, in Salt 
Lake City, to Anna Fay Snow and Rondle Rogers, Bap¬ 
tized July 1, 1967, by his father into the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

Worked in the oil fields at Rangely, Duchesne 
county, Craig Colo, and Ouray Utah. Worked floors and 
bricks almost two years. Moved to San Jose Calif., in 1977 
drove delivery truck and other little jobs. Worked for 
General Sheet Metal and Heating as shop manager. 

In August of 1979 I joined the Masons and was raised 
to Master Mason in Nov. 1979. Installed Stewart of 
Gemenina Lodge No. 825, Fremont Calif. Met Brenda 
Roberts Aug. 14, 1977 and we became engaged in January 
1979 Plan to be Married June 28 1980. Brenda was bom 
Jan. 18, 1960 and was initiated into Rainbow Girls July 9, 
1974 and has held many positions including the Grand 













Ross and Vera Snow Family 


Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 3 Jan. 1953. Married : 4 Nov. 
1966, Ronald Eugene Wallis. 

2. Sylvia Janet Snow Born: 25 Sept. 1941 Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 25 Feb. 1956 Endowed: 18 Nov. 
1960 SL Married: 18 Nov. 1960 Wade H. Slaugh. 

3. Boyd Ross Snow Born: 2 Aug. 1944, Jensen, 
Uintah,Utah. Baptized 25 Feb. 1956. Endowed: 19 Sept. 
1964 SG. Married: Mary Anne Baker 19 Sept. 1964. 

4. Dale Albert Snow, born Dec. 31, 1947, Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized: Jan. 2, 1960. Endowed: Jan. 10 
1973 SL. Married : 10 Jan. 1973 Kathy Anne Burke. 

5. Doyle John Snow Born: 31 Dec. 1947 (twin) Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 2 Jan. 1960 Endowed: 10 Nov. 
1967 SL. Married : 18 April 1974 Ona Marie Billings. 

6. Neal Gawain Snow Born: 18 April 1953 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 1 July 1961 Endowed: 1 Feb. 
1975. Married: 1 June 1979 Adreon Gardner (2) (1) Dale 
Jay Sanders (1st husband). 

Ross Barton Snow, the seventh child of Albert Snow 
and Rebecca Murray was born Sept. 9, 1912, at the family 
home in Jensen Utah. Ross was only six years old when his 
mother died after giving birth to the ninth child. 

Ross attended grade school in Jensen and his high 
school years at Uintah High School in Vernal. He then 
quit his formal education in order to help his father full¬ 
time on the ranch and with the cattle. 


On Dec. 20, 1935 Ross married Vera Merle Harrison 
at the home of Vera's parents John & Beatrice Harrison. 
They moved to Jensen to the little log house where Milo 
and Olive Snow had been living on the Sunshine Ranch. 

Ross and Vera lived in the little log house for fifteen 
years where five children, Marilyn, Sylvia, Boyd and the 
twins Dale and Doyle had truly filled the little home. The 
coming of electricity in 1940, cisterns with water pumped 
into the house in 1942 were memorable events. 

Ross was school bus driver to the Jensen Elementary 
for eleven years and scout master for ten years also, and 
Jensen PTA president. 

In June 1949 when the twin boys were eighteen 
months old, the family moved into a lovely new cinder 
brick, three bedroom home; built right in front of the little 
log home. Paul and Dick Murray, with Ross helping when 
possible, had built the house. It was to this home in April 
1953 the last child was welcomed and named Neal 
Gawain. 

Two sons filled two year LDS Missions; Doyle in 
Germany, and Neal Gawain in Argentina, South America. 

Ross and three of his sons are in partnership running 
three ranches and the cattle business. Beside each boy 
holds other jobs. 

In 1976, Ross received a plaque for “Outstanding 
Conservation Farmer," presented by Uintah Basin Soil 


70 








Conservation District. Ross has been very active in A.S.C. 
and in the Uintah Co. Cattle Assoc., holding offices in 
each. 

Vera Merle Harrison Snow, wife of Ross B. Snow was 
the second child of John and Beatrice Neal Harrisons 
eleven children. She was bom Nov. 30 1911 (Thanksgiving 
Day) at the family home in Bennett, Utah. North of Ft. 
Duchesne about six miles on the Indian Reservation 
where her father had drawn a 160 acre allotment when the 
Reservation was thrown open for homesteading in 1907. 
There he had built this large two room, hewn log house 
with shingled roof and good board floors. 



Ronald and Marilyn Snow Wallis and family 


MARILYN MERLE SNOW 

Marilyn Merle Snow Wallis, was bom March 28, 1939 
in Vernal, Utah, daughter of Ross Barton Snow and Vera 
Merle Harrison, granddaughter of Albert Snow and 
Rebecca Murray. Married Ronald Eugene Wallis, son of 
Gladys Irene Borden and Malcolm Everett Wallis of 
Shawnee, Oklahoma. 

Raised in Jensen, Utah where her father was a cattle 
rancher and farmer. She was educated in the Jensen 
Elementary, and graduated from Uintah High School. 
Attended Dixie Junior College, in St. George, Utah and 
Utah State University, in Logan Utah. 

Profession: Secretary-Bookeeper-homemaker. 

Children: Todd Ross Wallis, bom Vernal, Utah May 
15, 1967, resides at Topeka Kansas. 

Debbie Elaine Wallis Norton, resides Shawnee 
Oklahoma. Step-daughter. 

David Eugene Wallis Norton, resides Topeka Kansas. 
Step-son. 

Ronnie Everett Wallis, resides Ada, Oklahoma. Step¬ 
son. 

Her husband is employed by Gulf Oil Corporation. 
Transfered to Tatum New Mexico in 1970 where Debbie 
and David graduated from high school and Todd started 
school. Ronnie died Feb. 27, 1975. 

Moved to Topeka, Kansas where they presently 
reside. 

Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day 
Saints, held numerous positions in the Sunday School and 
Young Womens program. Presently 1st counselor in the 
Topkea Kansas Stake Young Womens Program. 

Hobbies and interests include; sewing, music, 
genalogy, golf, Womens Political Organizations. 



Wade and Sylvia Slaugh family 
WADE H. SLAUGH 

Wade H. Slaugh, born: 9 March 1933 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized: July 1941 Endowed: 18 Nov. 1960 Sealed: 
18 Nov. 1960. Married: 18 Nov. 1960. Father: Hyrum 
William Slaugh Mother: Bertha Ethel Reid. Wife: Sylvia 
Janet Snow. Born: 25 Sept. 1941 Jensen, Uintah, Utah. 
Baptized: 25 Feb. 1956. Endowed: 18 Nov. 1960. Father 
Ross Barton Snow Mother: Vera Merle Harrison. 

Children 

1. Chad H. Slaugh Bom: 6 Sept. 1961 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized: Sept. 1969. BIC 

2. Janet Bea Slaugh Born: 16 Dec. 1963 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 1 Jan. 1972 BIC 

3. Sharalyn Ve Slaugh Born 20 June 1966 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah Baptized: 6 July 1974 BIC. 

4. Suzanne Lee Slaugh Born: 12 July 1968 Vernal 
Uintah, Utah Baptized: Nov. 1976. BIC. 

5. Bret Ross Slaugh Born: 19 June 1972 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. BIC 

6. Kirt W. Slaugh Born: 22 April 1975 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah BIC 

7. Lorena Ellen Slaugh Born: Mar. 29, 1980 Vernal 
Uintah, Utah BIC 

SYLVIA JANET SNOW 

I was bom September 25, 1941 in a two room log 
house on the Sunshine Ranch in Jensen, Utah; to Ross 
Barton and Vera Merle Harrison Snow. I am the second of 
six children and was raised on my father'a ranch. I 
graduated from Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah in 
1958 at the age of sixteen. Then I attended BYU 
University in Provo, Utah for two years. 

On November 18, 1960, I married Wade H. Slaugh in 
the Salt Lake Temple. We lived in the Chevron Oil Camp 
at Red Wash for five years. Then we purchased my 
Grandfather Snow’s farm in Jensen and moved here. We 
have lived here ever since. 

Our children are: Chad H. Slaugh born September 6, 
1961. Janet Bea Slaugh-bom December 16, 1963. 
Sharalyn Ve Slaugh-born June 20, 1966. Suzanne Lee 

71 








Slaugh-born July 12, 1968. Bret Ross Slaugh--born June 
19, 1972. Kirt W. Slaugh--bom April 22, 1975. All of them 
were bora in Vernal.Uintah. Utah. 

Wade has served in the bishopric, as bishop for eight 
years and is presently a High Counselor. I have worked in 
Primary, Relief Society, M.I.A. and am presently first 
counselor in the Vernal Utah Stake Primary. 



Boyd and Mary Anne Snow family 
BOYD ROSS SNOW 


Boyd Ross Snow bom: 2 Aug. 1944 Jensen, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized: 26 Feb. 1956 Endowed: 19 Sept. 1964 
Sealed: 19 Sept. 1964 SG. Married: 19 Sept. 1964 St. 
George Washington, Utah. Father: Ross Barton Snow 
Mother: Vera Merle Harrison Wife: Mary Anne Baker 
Born: 18 Feb. 1945, St. George Washington. Utah. 
Baptized: Feb. 28, 1953. Endowed: Sept. 19, 1964 SG. 
Father: William Earl Baker Mother: Melba Webb. 

Children 

Rebecca Ann Snow Born: 17 June 1966 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah Baptized: 6 July 1974 BIC 

2. Greg Ross Snow Born: 20 Jan. 1969 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah Baptized : 3 July 1977 BIC 

3. Kathleen Snow. Born Oct. 7, 1971 in Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah BIC. 

4. Karen Snow (twin) Born 3 June 1975 Vernal, 
Uintah,Utah BIC 

5. Sharon Snow (Twin) Born 3 June 1975 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah BIC. 

6. Holli Lyne Snow, Born 16 March 1980. 

Boyd Ross Snow, bora 2 August 1944, in Jensen, 
Utah, son of Ross Barton Snow and Vera Merle Harrison. 

Boyd attended grade school in Jensen and graduated 
from Uintah High School in Vernal in 1963. He then at¬ 
tended Dixie College in St. George, Utah. 

Boyd married 19 September 1964 in the St. George 
LDS Temple. 

Mary Anne was born February 18, 1945 in St. George, 
Utah. She graduated from Dixie High School and attended 
one year at Dixie College at St. George. While in High 
School and College she was active in the music depart¬ 
ment; playing the clarinet and French horn in the band. 


She is a talented pianist and organist. 

After their marriage Boyd and Mary Anne moved to 
Ogden where Boyd enrolled in Weber State College for 
one quarter. They then moved to Jensen to the “Long 
View Ranch" where they still reside. Besides helping with 
the Ross Snow & Sons cattle and ranching business, Boyd 
works in the oil and gas fields as an employee of Coseka 
Resources U.S.A. Limited. 

Boyd and Mary Anne are the parents of six children: 
Rebecca Anne, Greg Ross, Kathleen, and twin daughters 
Karen and Sharon, and Holli Lyne. 



Dale and Kathy Snow 


DALE ALBERT SNOW 

Dale Albert Snow born: 31 Dec. 1947 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized: 2 Jan. 1960 Endowed: 10 Jan. 1973 SL 
Sealed: 10 Jan. 1973. Married: 10 Jan. 1973 Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. Father: Ross Barton Snow. Mother: 
Vera Merle Harrison. Wife: Kathy Ann Burke 
Born: 29 Sept. 1950 Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father: Melvin 
J. Burke Mother: Dolores Wardle Baptized: 4 Oct. 1958 
Endowed: 10 Jan. 1973. 

Dale Albert Snow, I am a twin, my brother Doyle 
John Snow and I were born Dec. 31, 1947, in Vernal Utah, 
to Ross Barton and Vera Merle Harrison Snow. I was 
raised in Jensen, attended school there. Attended Ashley 
Valley Jr. High and graduated from Uintah High school in 






1966. Then attended Dixie Junior College for two years. 
Married Kathy Ann Burke Jan. 10, 1973 in the Salt Lake 
Latter-day Saints Temple. Besides helping in the Ross 
Snow and Sons ranching and cattle business, I am em¬ 
ployed at Mountain Fuel Supply Company. 

DOYLE JOHN SNOW 

Doyle John Snow Bom: 31 Dec. 1947 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah Baptized: 2 Jan. 1960 Endowed: 10 Nov. 1967 
Sealed: 18 April 1974 Married: 18 April 1974 Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. Father: Ross Barton Snow Mother: 
Vera Merle Harrison. Wife: Ona Marie Billings. Bom: 18 
June 1950 Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized: Aug. 2, 1958. 
Endowed: April 18, 1974. Father: Eldon Patten Billings. 
Mother: Dezzie Irene Galley. 

Children 

1. Shane Doyle Snow Born: 16 June 1975 Midland, 
Midland, Texas BIC 

2. Rhett Eldon Snow. Born: Sept. 6, 1977, Midland 
Midland, Texas BIC. 

3. Clinton Ross Snow, Bom May 28, 1979, Midland, 
Texas, BIC. 

Doyle John Snow, bom 31 December 1947, in Vernal, 
Utah, a son of Ross Barton Snow and Vera Merle 
Harrison. 

Grew up in Jensen and attended Jensen Elementary 
School, Ashley Valley Junior High and Uintah High 
School graduating in 1966. He attended one year at Dixie 
Junior College at St. George, Utah. Doyle was called on a 
mission to West Germany for the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints, and arrived at the Central German 



Doyle and Ona Marie Snow. 



Clinton, Shane, and Rhett Snow 


Mission in Dueseldorf Germany in February 1967. After 
completing his mission he enrolled at Utah State 
University. He graduated in June of 1972 with a Bachelor 
of Science Degree in Economics and completed his 
Master of Science Degree in 1974 in Agriculture 
Economics. He also graduated from the Logan Institute of 
Religion in 1973. 

Doyle married Ona Marie Billings, daughter of Eldon 
Patten Billings and Dezzie Irene Galley. They were 
married 18 April 1974 in the Salt Lake Temple. Ona Marie 
graduated from Uintah High School in 1968 and from the 
Continental College of Beauty in Salt Lake City in 1969 
and worked as a cosmotologist until her marriage. 

Doyle and Ona Marie moved to Midland, Texas 
where Doyle worked for Gulf Oil Corporation as 
Petroleum Landman. In 1977, Doyle left Gulf for a 
position with Texas Oil & Gas Corporation as District 
Landman. 

Doyle and Ona Marie are parents of three sons: 
Shane Doyle, Rhett Eldon, and Clinton Ross. They are 
active in church affairs Doyle has served as counselor to 
three bishops and still holds that position. Ona has served 
in the young women's program, Primary and Relief 
Society. 

In January 1980 Doyle along with two partners, L. 
Royce Griffin and Dennis E. Palmer, formed their own Oil 
company, ERDE Exploration Company. 

NEAL GAW AIN SNOW 

Neal Gawain Snow Bom: 18 April 1953 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 3 July 1961. Married: 1 June 1979 
Logan Cache, Utah. Father Ross Barton Snow Mother: 
Vera Merle Harrison Wife: Adreon Gardner Born: 18 
March 1954 Gridley, Butte, California. Baptized: March 
31. 1962. Father: Allen Gardner. Mother: Winifred L. 
Filpula. Other husbands (1) Dale Jay Sanders. 

Children 

1. Aaryn Dinese Sanders Bom: 15 Oct. 1973 Provo, 
Utah, Utah 

2. Jeremy Jay Sanders Born: 9 Oct. 1974 Provo Utah, 
Utah 

3. Rebekah Anne Sanders Born: 9 Apr. 1976 Provo 
Utah, Utah. 

Neal Gawain Snow was bom April 18, 1953, the last 
of six children born to Ifoss and Vera Snow. He was 
raised on the ranch in Jensen. Attending grade school in 
Jensen and graduating from Uintah High School in Vernal 
in 1971. That fall he enrolled in Utah State University at 
Logan, Utah. In March of 1975 he started a two year 
mission for the LDS Church. After serving those two years 
in Argentina, S.A., he again enrolled at U.S.U. and it was 
there he met Adreon Gardner Sanders. June 1, 1979 they 
were married in Logan, Utdh. On June 2, 1979 he received 
his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. They 
moved to Jensen to make their home. He deals in Real 
Estate, agent for log houses and is employed in the Ross 
Snow & Sons ranching apd cattle business. 

Adreon (Addie) Gardner, daughter of Allen Gardner 
and Winifred Filpula was born March 18, 1954 in Gridley 


73 








Neal Gawain and Addie Snow 



Aaryn, Jeremy, Rebecca Anne Snow 


California a small farming community. There with her 
family she lived on a poultry farm until age 13, when they 
moved to Southern Calif., where her father taught school. 
Adreon really enjoyed band and choir in high school. In 
1971 the family moved to Idaho to a dairy farm. Shorly 
after high school graduation, Adreon married and moved 
to Provo, Utah where she lived for six years and learned 
the drapery business, and worked at the same time. Three 
children were born to this union. Then in 1978 her 
husband died of cancer. Adreon returned to her parents 
home near Logan. 

She met Gawain at a college blind date. (Which she 
said he didn’t want to go on.) And they soon found they 
had very much in common. They were married June 1, 
1979 and are now very happily living in Jensen. 



Woodrow and Leila Snow 



Myra, Ronald, Carol, Ray, Marion, Evelyn, Hester, Milton, 
Norman 


WOODROW SNOW 

Woodrow Snow born Dec. 14, 1914, in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah to Rebecca Murray and Albert Snow. 
Married Leila Moon Oct. 14, 1937. They had ten children 
born to them. 

1. William David Snow; born Feb. 4, 1939. Died Feb. 
4, 1939. 

2. Milton Miles Snow; born Jan. 5, 1940. Died June 
19, 1960. 

3. Ronald Woodrow Snow; born July 24, 1941. 

4. Carol Snow; born Feb. 3, 1943. 


74 




5. Myra Rebecca Snow; born Nov. 1, 1944. 

6. Lyman Ray Snow; Born July 26, 1946. 

7. Norman A. Snow, born March 11, 1949. 

8. Hester Ann Snow; bom May 18, 1953. 

9. Evelyn Gladys Snow; born Nov. 19, 1955. 

10. Marion J. Snow; born Sept. 14, 1958. 

Woodrow was baptized Aug. 5, 1923. His temple 

work has been done. Endowments June 13, 1955. Sealed 
June 13, 1955. 



Norma and Ron Snow, Joan, Tracy, Toby. 


RONALD WOODROW SNOW 

Ronald Woodrow Snow, Born July 24, 1941, in 
Jensen, Uintah, Utah. To Leila Moon and Woodrow 
Snow. Married Norma Dell Gardner June, 1965. They 
have had three children born to them. 

1. Tracy Leila Snow; bora Aug. 11, 1967. 

2. Joan Snow, bom July 4, 1969. 

3. Ronald Arthur Snow (Toby) Bom 13 Nov. 1972. 
Ronald was baptized Nov. 12, 1949. 

CAROL SNOW 

Carol Snow; bora Feb. 3, 1943, in Jensen, Uintah, 
Utah. To Leila Moon and Woodrow Snow. Married Earl 



Carol Snow Snyder 


David Snyder, Oct. 22, 1967. They had four children bom 
to them. 

1. Earl David Snyder, bom Jan. 20, 1969. 

2. Ross Woodrow Snyder, bom Jan. 10, 1971. 

3. Max Ray Snyder, bom Feb. 21, 1975. 

4. Clark Qiiinter Snyder; bom Sept. 16, 1976. 

Carol was baptized May 3, 1952. She has had her 

temple work done. Endowments, Nov. 5, 1968. Sealed 
Nov. 5, 1968. 


MYRA REBECCA SNOW 

Myra Rebecca Snow born Nov. 1, 1944, in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. To Leila Moon and Woodrow Snow. 
Married Teddy Dever Freestone May 2, 1963. They have 
had two children born to them. 

1. Adam Devere Freestone, born March 3, 1964. 
2.. Paul Ted Freestone, born June 11, 1969. 

Myra was baptized Oct. 10, 1953. 

LYMAN RAY SNOW 

Lyman Ray Snow, bom July 26, 1946, in Vernal, 
Uintah. Utah. To Leila Moon and Woodrow Snow. 
Married Teresa Truman Oct. 22, 1967. They had one child 
born to them. 

1. Craig Albert Snow, bom June 5, 1970. 

Lyman Ray was baptized Feb. 5, 1955. 

LYMAN RAY SNOW 

Lyman Ray Snow bom July 26, 1946, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Leila Moon and Woodrow Snow. 
Married Shauna Staheli Jan. 11, 1975. The have had one 
child born to them. 

1. Shaun Ray Snow; bom July 13, 1978. 

Lyman Ray was baptized Feb. 5, 1955. He has had his 
temple work done. Endowments Jan. 17, 1976. Sealed Jan. 
17, 1976. 


75 





NORMAN A. SNOW 


Hester was baptized July 1, 1961. 


Norman A. Snow, born March 11, 1949, in Vernal 
Uintah, Utah, to Leila Moon and Woodrow Snow. 
Married Marilyn Carrell April 20, 1970. They have had 
two children bom to them. 

1. Elva Rebecca Snow; born Aug. 26, 1971. 

2. June Lillian Snow, born Sept. 19, 1975. 

Norman was baptized Aug. 3, 1957. He has had his 

temple work done. Endowments April 20, 1979; sealed 
April 20, 1979. 

HESTER ANN SNOW 

Hester Ann Snow, born May 18, 1953, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Leila Moon and Woodrow Snow. 
Married Lloyd Conrad DeMille Jan. 19, 1970. They have 
had- four children bom to them. 

1. Travis Lloyd DeMille, born July 26, 1970. 

2. Leila Ann DeMille, born May 16, 1973. 

3. Sarah DeMille, born Jan. 9, 1976. 

4. Suzanne DeMille, born July 26, 1979. 


EVELYN GLADYS SNOW 

Evelyn Gladys Snow, bom Nov. 19, 1955, inn Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Leila Moon and Woodrow Snow. 
Married Fredrick Henry Willingham Dec. 13, 1972. They 
have had two children bom to them. 

1. Joshua Willingham, bom Feb. 26, 1974. 

2. Mary Elizabeth Willingham, born Jan. 4, 1977. 

Evelyn was baptized Nov. 30, 1963. 

MARION J. SNOW 

Marion J. Snow, born Sept. 14, 1958, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah to Leila Moon and Woodrow Snow. Married 
Dona Jean Warner Jan. 15, 1977. They have had two 
children bom to them. 

1. Sundance Dona Snow, Nov. 23, 1977. 

2. Woodrow Willie Snow, born Oct. - 1979. 

Marion was baptized Nov. 5, 1966. 




HYRUM SMITH MURRAY FAMILY 



Hyrum and Ethel Dudley Murray 


HYRUM SMITH MURRAY 

Hyrum Smith Murray, bom July 22, 1880, in Spanish 
Fork, Utah County, Utah. To Karen Maria Nielson and 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray. Married Mary Ethel Dudley, 
May 29, 1901. There were six children born to them. 

1. Lillie Ethel Murray, bom Dec. 22, 1902. Died Feb. 
22, 1919. 

2. Joseph Hyrum Murray, bom June 17, 1904. Died 
Nov. 24, 1968. 

3. Lewis Marion Murray, born July 12, 1906. Died 
Nov. 17, 1957. 

4. Hugh William Murray, born July 16, 1908. Died 
Apr. 27, 1978. 

5. Christy Murray, born Sept. 13, 1911. 

6. Vera Murray, born March 14, 1915. Died July 17, 
1966. 

Hyrum was baptized Sept. 2, 1890. He has had his 
temple work done. Endowments May 22, 1929. Sealed 
Oct. 23, 1968. Hyrum died January 3, 1930. 

LILLIE ETHEL MURRAY 

Lillie Ethel Murray, (Granddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born Dec. 22, 1902 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Married Harland Stewart Oct. 17, 1919. 
Lillie was baptized Aug. 6, 1911. She was endowed Jan. 6, 
1925. Lillie died Feb. 22, 1919. 

78 



Joe and Mabel Woodward Murray, Hazel, Hyrum, Ray, 
LaVaughn and Lilly Mae. 


JOSEPH HYRUM MURRAY 

Joseph Hyrum Murray, bom June 17, 1904. In Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. To Mary Ehtel Dudley and Hyrum Smith 
Murray. Married Mabel Woodward March 22, 1923. They 
had five children born to them. 

1. Hazel Murray, born Jan. 13, 1924. 

2. Hyrum Charles Murray, born Oct. 8, 1925. 

3. Ray Milton Murray, born Aug. 9, 1927. 

4. LaVaughn Murray, bom Sept. 5, 1931. 

5. Lilly Mae Murray, bom May 29, 1934. 

Joseph was baptized Aug. 7, 1914. He has had his 

temple work done. Endowments, June 18, 1965. Sealing 
June 18, 1965. Joseph died Nov. 24, 1968. 

HAZEL MURRAY 

Hazel Murray, born Jan. 13, 1924, in Jensen, Uintah, 
Utah. To Mabel Woodward and Joseph Hyrum. Married 
Perry Clifton Atwood, June 22, 1940. They had six 
children bom to them. 

1. Carma Rae Atwood, born Apr. 21, 1941. 

2. Connie Jean Atwood, bom Sept. 26, 1943. 

3. Elaine Atwood, bora Feb. 7, 1948. 

4. Reed C. Atwood, bom Nov. 27, 1949. 

5. Ernest Joe Atwood, born Aug. 21, 1951. 

6. Colleen Atwwod, bom Sept. 13, 1957. 


have had two children bom to them. 

1. Coleen Ann Allen, bom Aug. 11, 1962. 

2. Vicky Len Allen, bora March 24, 1964. 

Carma Rae was baptized Aug. 6, 1949. 

COLLEEN ANN ALLEN 

Colleen Ann Allen, (GGGGranddaughter of 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson- 
descendant of Hyrum Smith Murray.) bom Aug. 11, 1962 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. To Carma Rae Atwood and 
Everet Kirby Allen. Married Dan Sterry Nov. 10, 
1980. 

VICKY LEN ALLEN 

Vicky Len Allen, (GGGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Bom March 24, 1964 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Carma Rae Atwood and Everet Kirby 
Allen. Becky Linn bom Nov. 24, 1980. 

CONNIE JEAN ATWOOD 

Connie Jean Atwood, (GGGranddaughter of 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson- 

U.mi*v« Cmifh Murrau ^ "Rom 


Uintah, Utah. To Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton At¬ 
wood. Married John Clarence Schmidt Aug. 21, 1964. 
They have had one child bom to them. 

1. Sherry Lynn Schmidt, bom Sept. 10, 1967. 

Elaine was baptized Feb. 25, 1956. 

ELAINE ATWOOD 

Elaine Atwood, (GGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Bora Feb. 7, 1948. In Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton At¬ 
wood. Married Roy Harrison Smith. They adopted one 
child. 

1. Michael Smith, born Nov. 23, 1972. 

Elaine was baptized Feb. 25, 1956. 

REED C. ATWOOD 

Reed C. Atwood, (GGGrandson of Jermiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Neilson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Bora Nov. 27, 1949, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton Atwood. Married 
Barbara Faye Bohrer. They have had two children bom to 
them. 

1 Trarv Rap Atwood, born Aua. 26, 1974. 






Clifton and Hazel Murray Attwood, Carma Rae, Connie, Elaine, 
Reed Ernest, Colleen. 


Hazel was baptized Aug. 4, 1934. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowments Aug. 11, 1952. Sealing 
Aug. 11, 1952. 

CARMA RAE ATWOOD 

Carma Rae Atwood, (GGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born April 21, 1941. In Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. To Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton At¬ 
wood. Married Everet Kirby Allen Aug. 26, 1961. They 
have had two children born to them. 

1. Coleen Ann Allen, born Aug. 11, 1962. 

2. Vicky Len Allen, born March 24, 1964. 

Carma Rae was baptized Aug. 6, 1949. 

COLLEEN ANN ALLEN 

Colleen Ann Allen, (GGGGranddaughter of 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson- 
descendant of Hyrum Smith Murray.) born Aug. 11, 1962 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. To Carma Rae Atwood and 
Everet Kirby Allen. Married Dan Sterry Nov. 10, 
1980. 

VICKY LEN ALLEN 

Vicky Len Allen, (GGGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born March 24, 1964 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Carma Rae Atwood and Everet Kirby 
Allen. Becky Linn bom Nov. 24, 1980. 

CONNIE JEAN ATWOOD 

Connie Jean Atwood, (GGGranddaughter of 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson- 
descendant of Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born Sept. 26, 
1943, in Jensen, Uintah, Utah. To Hazel Murray and Perry 
Clifton Atwood. Married Ronnie Tad Merkley Sept. 14, 
1960. They had three children bom to them. 

1. Ronda Merkley, born June 17, 1961. 

2. Jodene Merkley, born May 16, 1963. 


3. Lloyd R. Merkley, bom May 2, 1966. 

Connie was baptized Oct. 6, 1951. Her temple work 
has been done. Endowments Sept. 14, 1960. Sealed Sept. 
14, 1960. 

RONDA MERKLEY 

Ronda Merkley, (GGGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born June 17, 1961 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Connie Jean Atwood and Ronnie Tad 
Merkley. Married Robert E. Buetler Jr. Nov. 4, 1979. They 
had one child bom to them. 

1. Joshua Mathew Beutler, bom May 1, 1979. 

Ronda was baptized July 3, 1969. 

JODENE MERKLEY 

Jodene Merkley (GGGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born May 16, 1963, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Connie Jean Atwood and Ronnie Tad 
Merkley. 

ELAINE ATWOOD 

Elaine Atwood, (GGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born Feb. 7, 1948, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton At¬ 
wood. Married John Clarence Schmidt Aug. 21, 1964. 
They have had one child bom to them. 

1. Sherry Lynn Schmidt, bom Sept. 10, 1967. 

Elaine was baptized Feb. 25, 1956. 

ELAINE ATWOOD 

Elaine Atwood, (GGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Bom Feb. 7, 1948. In Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton At¬ 
wood. Married Roy Harrison Smith. They adopted one 
child. 

1. Michael Smith, born Nov. 23, 1972. 

Elaine was baptized Feb. 25, 1956. 

REED C. ATWOOD 

Reed C. Atwood, (GGGrandson of Jermiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Neilson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Bom Nov. 27, 1949, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton Atwood. Married 
Barbara Faye Bohrer. They have had two children bom to 
them. 

1. Tracy Rae Atwood, born Aug. 26, 1974. 

2. Amanda Marie Bom Aug. 16, 1980. 

Reed was baptized Nov. 30, 1956. 

ERNEST JOE ATWOOD 

Ernest Joe Atwood, (GGGrandson of Jeremiah Hatch 

79 









Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Born Aug. 21, 1951, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton Atwood. Married 
Jana Lynn Shewell March 16, 1978. They have had one 
child born to them. 

1. Dustin J. Atwood, born Jan 17, 1980. 

ERNEST JOE ATWOOD 

Ernest Joe Atwood, (GGGrandson of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Born Aug. 21, 1951, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton Atwood. Married 
Kathy Lee Brown, June 15, 1972. They had two children 
born to them. 

1. Kelly Joe Atwood, born July 1, 1973. 

2. Dennum Lee Atwood, bom May 22, 1975. 

Ernest was baptized Oct. 3, 1959. 

COLLEEN ATWOOD WALL 

Colleen Atwood, (GGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born Sept. 13, 1957, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Hazel Murray and Perry Clifton At¬ 
wood. Married Terry Wall Dec. 21, 1976. They have had 
two children bom to them. 

1. Terry Shane Wall, bom May 21, 1978. 

2. Collett Wall born Aug. 20, 1980. 

Colleen was baptized Oct. 2, 1965. 



Hyrum Murray, World War II 



HYRUM CHARLES MURRAY 


Hyrum Charles Murray, born Oct. 8, 1925. In Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. To Mabel Woodward and Joesph Hyrum 
Murray. Married Mary Jean Turner March 19, 1949. They 
have had two children born to them. 

1. David Joe Murray, born Apr. 14, 1950. 

2. Judy Ann Murray, born Oct. 11, 1956. 

Hyrum was baptized Aug. 4, 1934. 


DAVID JOE MURRAY 

David Joe Murray, born Apr. 14, 1950. In Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To Mary Jean Turner and Hyrum Charles 
Murray. Married Debra Lee Parolon July 12, 1974. They 
have had one child bom to them. 

1. Bobbie Joe Murray, born Apr. 24, 1975. 

David was baptized Jan. 31, 1959. 


JUDY ANN MURRAY 

Judy Ann Murray, (GGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born Oct. 11, 1956, in St. Louis, St. 
Louis Co., Mo. to Mary Jean Turner and Hyrum Charles 
Murray. Married James Patrick Wesley Davis on June 29, 
1975. They have had one child born to them. 

1. James Wesley Davis, bom Jan. 22, 1978. 

Judy Ann was baptized May 29, 1965. 

RAY MILTON MURRAY 

Ray Milton Murray, bom August 9, 1927, in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. To Mabel Woodward and Joseph Hyrum 


80 






Ray and Norma Eaton Murray 


TERRY JAY MURRAY 


Terry Jay Murray, bom April 18, 1951, in Vernal 
Uintah, Utah. To Norma Eaton and Ray Milton Murray. 
Married Corinne Annette Martin Jan. 15, 1971. They have 
had three children bom to them. 

1. Dirk Raymond Murray, born Aug. 1, 1974. 

2. Marty Ray Murray, bom Dec. 17, 1976. 

3. Mark Milton Murray, born Feb. 17, 1980. 

Terry was baptized June 6, 1959. 



Robert and LaVon Murray Staley. 


Robert, LaVon Murray Staley. Gary, Bobby, Tommy. 

GARY EUGENE STALEY 

Gary Eugene Staley, (GGGrandson of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born Sept. 13, 1951, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To La Vaughn Murray and Robert Eugene 
Staley. Married Debora Lynn Ducey June 12, 1971. They 
have had two children bom to them. 

1. Kimberly Kay Staley, bom Oct. 29, 1971. 

2. Melodi Ann Staley, bom Nov. 22, 1975. 

Gary was baptized April 21, 1961. 

ROBERT E. STALEY JR. 

Robert E. Staley Jr., (GGGrandson of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born Nov. 27, 1954, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To La Vaughn Murray and Robert Eugene 
Murray. Married Denise Jean Strain Aug. 13, 1973. They 
have had two children bom to them. 

1. Jason Allan Staley, born June 22, 1975. 

2. Shirley Michelle Staley, bom Oct. 13, 1977. 


LA VAUGHN MURRAY 


TOMMEY JOE STALEY 


La Vaughn Murray, (GGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 


Tommey Joe Staley, (GGGrandson of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 


81 

















Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born Dec. 24, 1957 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. To LaVaughn Murray and Robert Eugene 
Staley. Married Shelly Joe Albi June 30, 1979. 



Lilly Mae Murray and Rex Batty. Alan, Craig, Linda, Reene. 


LILLY MAE MURRAY 

Lilly Mae Murray, (GGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born May 29, 1934, in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. To Mabel Woodward and Joseph Hyrum 
Murray. Married Rex Harold Batty June 5, 1950. They had 
four children born to them. 

1. Alan Wesley Batty.bom Aug. 20, 1951. 

2. Craig D. Batty, born Oct. 14, 1953. 

3. Linda Mae Batty, bom Dec. 18, 1955. 

4. Renee Batty, born Sept. 4, 1957. 

Lilly Mae was baptized Nov. 6, 1943. 

ALAN REX BATTY 

Alan Rex Batty, (GGGrandson of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Bom Aug. 20, 1951, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. To Lilly Mae Murray and Rex Harold Batty. 
Married Connie Rae Spruell Aug. 14, 1970. They have had 
three children born to them. 

1. Dale Lee Batty, bom June 4, 1974. 

2. Misty Dawn Batty, bora April 13, 1976. 

3. Amanda Jo Batty, bora Sept. 29, 1978. 

Alan was baptized Sept. 15, 1959. His temple work 
has been done. Endowments, Feb. 28, 1975. Sealing Feb. 
28, 1975. 


CRAIG D. BATTY 

Craig D. Batty, (GGGrandson of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 

82 


Smith Murray.) Bom Oct. 14, 1953, to Lilly Mae Murray 
and Rex Harold Batty. In Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Married 
Sue Smith Aug. 4, 1972. They have had one child born to 
them. 

1. Joey Craig Batty, bora Nov. 3, 1975. 

Craig was baptized Dec. 2, 1961. 

RENEE BATTY 

Renee Batty, (GGGranddaughter of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Born Sept. 4, 1957, in Vernal, Uintah 
County, Utah, to Lily Mae Murray and Rex Harold Batty. 
Married Stephen Geoffery Rhoades, Feb. 15, 1975. They 
have had one child born to them. 

1. Kerri Lynn Rhoades, born Sept. 20, 1978. 

Renee was baptized Sept. 4, 1965. 



Lewis, Christy, Hugh Murray 


LEWIS MARION MURRAY 

Lewis Marion Murray, (Grandson of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Bora July 12, 1906, in Jensen, Uintah, 
Utah. To Mary Ethel Dudley and Hyrum Smith Murray. 
Married Ida Elizabeth Wiles, June 30, 1926. There were 
two children born to them. 

1. Phillip J. Murray, bora April 24, 1927. 

2. LuJean Murray, bora May 10, 1934. 

Lewis was baptized Sept. 5, 1915. He has had his 
temple work done. Endowments June 1, 1965, sealed June 
1, 1965. Lewis died Nov. 17, 1957. 

PHILLIP J. MURRAY 

Phillip J. Murray, bora 24 April 1927 in Vernal, Utah 
Uintah Co., to Lewis Marion Murray and Ida Elizabeth 
Willes, Married Aug. 3 1948, Vernal Utah, Uintah, Co., to 
Enid Goodrich, born to Wallace Goodrich and Dezze 
Roberts. They had three children bora to them. 

1. Cheryl Murray, bora Oct. 4, 1949 in Vernal, Utah, 
Uintah Co. 

2. Michael J. Murray, born 4 June 1953 Vernal, Ut. 

3. Bradley L. Murray bora 4 Mar. 1959 Vernal Ut. 








Phillip Murray 


DARRELL LYNN SHUMAN 


Michael J. Murray born 4 June 1953, Vernal Utah, 
Uintah County, to Philip J. Murray and Enid Goodrich. 
Married Sept. 6, 1974, to Carrie Lynette Slaugh, bom Jan. 
3, 1957, Rangely, Colorado Rio Blanco County to Douglas 
Murray Slaugh and Irene Phyllis Eddy. They have had one 
child born to them. 

1. Elizabeth Murray, born January 17, 1977, Vernal, 
Utah, Uintah County. 

BRADLEY L. MURRAY 

Bradley L. Murray, born March 4, 1959 Vernal, Utah, 
Uintah County to Phillip J. Murray and Enid Goodrich. 
Married, 27, July 1978, Las Vegas, Nevada, Clark County 
to Cynthia Ann Gudac, born March 31, 1960 Rangely, 
Colorado Rio Blanco County to George Edward Gudac 
and Ann Marie Shevechick. They have had one child bom 
to them. 

1. Jamie Murray born 23 January 1979, Roosevelt, 
Utah, Duchesne Co. 


LUJEAN MURRAY 

LuJean Murray, (GGranddaughter of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Born May 10, 1934. In Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. To Ida Elizabeth Willes and Lewis Marion Murray. 
Married Jimmy Mayse Donald Sr. Oct. 2, 1952. There 
were three children born to them. 

1. Nancy Lee Donald, born March 11, 1953. 

2. Timmy Mayse Donald Jr., born May 16,1955. 

3. Julia Gaye Donald, bom Feb. 28, 1960. 

Lu Jean was baptized June 5, 1943. Her endowments 
were taken out June i, 1965. 

NANCY LEE DONALD 

Nancy Lee Donald, (GGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Bom March 11, 1953, in New 

83 


LUJEAN MURRAY 


LuJean Murray, (Granddaughter of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Born May 10, 1934, in Jensen Uintah, 
Utah. To Ida Elizabeth Willes and Lewis Marion Murray. 
Married Robert Weldon Brigs Sept. 22, 1935. 


Darrell Lynn Shuman bom 12 May 1932, Penrose, 
Box Elder County, Utah. To James Brooks Shuman, and 
Jessie Irene Miller. 1st Wife, Joanne Wagstaff. Married 
May 12, 1977 to Cheryl Murray, Pekin Tazewell County, 
Illinois, born to Philip J. Murray and Enid Goodrich. They 
had three children bom to them. 

1. Jon David Shuman, Feb. 7 1963, Salt Lake City, 
S.L. Utah. 

2. James Owen Shuman, 31 Dec. 1964, Salt Lake City, 
S.L.C. Utah. 

3. Alan G. Murray, 18 Feb. 1970, Vernal Uintah 
Utah. 

MICHAEL J. MURRAY 


Jim and LuJean Murray McDonnald. Nancy Lee, Jimmy Mayse 
and Julia Gae. 










Orleans, Orleans Co., La. To LuJean Murray and Jimmy 
Mayse Donald Sr. Married Gene Lyle Hanson June 5, 
1970. Their were four children born to them. 

1. Dennis Duane Hanson, born Sept. 19, 1970, died 
Sept. 19, 1970. 

2. Amber Deniese Hanson, bora Aug. 22, 1972. 

3. Nathan Scott Hanson, born Sept. 9, 1975. 

4. Robert Lyle Hanson, born Sept. 13, 1977. 

Nancy was baptized April 1, 1961. She has had her 

temple work done. Endowments June 21, 1971. Sealing 
June 21, 1971. 

JIMMY MAYSE DONALD JR. 

Jimmy Mayse Donald Jr. (GGGrandson of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born May 16, 1955, in Ft. Morgan, 
Morgan Co., Colorado. To Lu Jean Murray and Jimmy 
Mayse Donald Sr. Married Cathy Faye Columbus June 23, 
1973. They have had two children bora to them. 

1. Jimmy Mayse Donald III, bora Nov. 1, 1975. 

2. Olivia Lea Donald, born May 15, 1978. 

Jimmy was baptized June 2, 1963. He has had his 

temple work done. Endowments Aug. 23, 1975. Sealing 
Aug. 23, 1975. 

JULIA GAYE DONALD 

Julia Gaye Donald, (GGGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Neilson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Bora Feb. 28, 1960 in Farmington, 
San Juan Co., New Mexico to Lu Jean Murray and Jimmy 
Mayse Donald Sr. Married Glen Allen Leisy Aug. 28, 
1976. They have had one child born to them. 

1. Joy Michelle Leisy, Born March 17, J977. 

Julia was baptized Mar. 2, 1968. 

HUGH WILLIAM MURRAY 

Hugh William Murray, (Grandson of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray) Bora July 16, 1908, in Jensen, Uintah, 
Utah. To Mary Ethel Dudley and Hyrum Smith Murray. 
Married Erma Merkley April 16, 1929. Hugh was baptized 
July 19, 1919. 

HUGH WILLIAM MURRAY 

Hugh William Murray, (Grandson of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Bora July 16, 1908, in Jensen, Uintah, 
Utah, to Mary Ethel Dudley and Hyrum Smith Murray. 
Married Madeline Frances Cottis Oct. 27, 1942. Hugh, as 
far as my knowledge, did never adopt the following 
children but are very much a part of the Murray family as 
they were very young when they came to live with Hugh 
William Murray. The following four children were from 
Madeline’s first marriage. 

1. Mary Cassidy, born- 


2. Victor Cassidy, Born- 

3. Carolyn Cassidy, Born- 

4. Carma Cassidy, bora- 

Hugh was baptized July 6, 1919. He has had his 
temple work done. Endowments Apr. 29, 1966, sealed 
Apr. 29, 1966. Hugh died Apr. 27, 1978. 

CHRISTY MURRAY 

Christy Murray, (Grandson of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Born Sept. 13, 1911, to Mary Ethel Dudley 
and Hyrum Smith Murray, in Jensen, Uintah Co., Utah. 
Married Hilda Mae Hopsin. Their were 8 children bora to 
them. 

1. Donna Jean Murray, born - 

2. Vernon Chris Murray, bora - 

3. Roger Murray, born- 

4. Charlene Vera Murray, bora Aug. - 

5. Linda Marie Murray, bora Jan.- 

6. James Marion Murray, born Jan. - 

7. Randy Blaine Murray, bom May 26.- 

8. Pamela Ann Murray, bora May 24, 1961. 

Christy was Baptized Aug. 5, 1923. She died June 5, 

1980 in Silt Co. 

CHRISTY MURRAY 

Christy Murray, (Grandson of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray) Born Sept. 13, 1911. In Jensen, Uintah, 
Co., Utah. To Hyrum Smith Murray and Mary Ethel 
Dudley Murray. Married Helen West Dec. 17, 1939. 
Christy was baptized Aug. 5, 1923. 

DONNA JOAN MURRAY 

Donna Joan Murray, (GGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 

Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born -, to Christy 

Murray and Hilda Mae Hopsin Murray. Married Evertt 
Gene Hardy. There was one child bora to them. 

1. Jody Lynette Murray, born - 

VERNON CHRIS MURRAY 

Vernon Chris Murray, (GGrandson of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 

Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born,-, to Christy Murray 

and Hilda Mae Hopsin. Married Martha Jean Kehr. There 
were two children bora to them. 

1. David Chris Murray, born-. 

2. Wayne Clark Murray, born-. 

CHARLENE VERA MURRAY 

Charlene Vera Murray, (GGranddaughter of 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray, and Karen Maria Nielson- 
descendant of Hyrum Smith Murray.) Bom August. 
Married Richard Gene Bradley. Their were two children 
born to them. 


84 








1. Tonya Lynn, bom-. 

2. Stacey Lynn, born-. 

Charlene was born to Christy Murray and Hilda Mae 
Hopsin Murray. 

LINDA MARIE MURRAY 

Linda Marie Murray, (GGranddaughter of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Nielson-descendant of 
Hyrum Smith Murray.) Born January. To Christy Murray 
and Hilda Mae Hopsin Murray. Married Clayton E. 
McGruder. There were three children born to them. 

L Tammy Renee McGruder. born-. 

2. Eugene Chris McGruder. bom-. 

3. Roger Duane Murray, born-. 


Les and Vera Murray Mairs and Christy Murray. 

VERA MURRAY 

Vera Murray, (Granddaughter of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Neilson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray.) Born March 14, 1915 to Hyrum Smith 
Murray and Mary Ethel Dudley Murray. Married July 16, 
1931 to George Vincent. There were two children bom to 
them. 

1. Louis Vincent, born July 5, 1933. 

2. Verlin Vincent, born -. 

Vera was baptized Aug. 5, 1923. Vera then again 
married Oct. 25, 1947 to Lester Charley Maier. Vera died 
July 17, 1966. Vera was born in Jensen, Uintah Co., Utah. 


LOUIS VINCENT 

Louis Vincent, (GGrandson of Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray and Karen Maria Neilson-descendant of Hyrum 
Smith Murray) born July 5, 1933, in Jensen, Uintah, Co., 
Utah. To Vera Murray and George Vincent. Married Lela 
Mae White. There was one child bom to them. 

1. Randy L. Vincent, bom Aug. 6, 1958. 



Randy L. and Tamara Vincent 


RANDY L. VINCENT 

Randy L. Vincent, Born Aug. 8, 1958, in Jackson 
Wyoming, to Lela Mae White and Lewis G. Vincent. 
Married Tamara Johnson June 5, 1979. Randy was 
Baptized Aug. 3, 1974. His temple work has been done. 
Endowments, June 5, 1979. Sealed June 5, 1979. 

VERLIN H. VINCENT 

Verlin H. Vincent, bom Aug. 25, 1937, in Jensen, 
Uintah County, Utah, to Vera Murray and George Lewis 
Vincent, married Aug. 22, 1958 to Elaine Anderson. There 
were two children bom to them. 

1. Cindy Vincent, born Dec. 8, 1959. 

2. Dennis L. Vincent, born May 24, 1967. 


85 







JONATHAN MOYES MURRAY FAMILY 


JONATHAN MOYES MURRAY 
By Thelda Murray McKee (daughter) 


Jonathan Moyes Murray, ninth child of Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Karen Maria Neilson was bom 
November 8, 1882 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah County. 
Came to Jensen, Utah, Uintah County, when he was eight 
years old. 

He was the youngest child in the family and all the 
children learned to work hard at an early age. Since they 
were among the first settlers in Jensen, the land had to be 
cleared and planted and he learned from his father the art 
of farming which was a special talent they were blessed 
with. 

They were also all blessed with a talent for music. The 
violin was my Dad's special love. I guess that is why it 
sounded so special to me when he played it. He was a real 
Irish fiddler. The "Mocking Bird” and "Over the Waves 
Waltz” were my favorites, I think. He taught all of his 
children to love singing and music. We may have got this 
talent from Dad’s mother’s father who played the violin 
every evening with a great flair, according to his history. 

Father was 15 years old when his mother died. This 
was a great shock to the family although she had this heart 
condition for a long time and her death came while she 
was doing the family wash. Daddy quit school in the 8th 
grade. He was a good reader and had beautiful hand¬ 
writing. He was also good in math and spelling. 

He married first, Emma Hollingshead. A daughter 
was born to this union. While she was still a very small 
child, they were divorced. In 1909 he married Verlie 
Arnold Stewart, a beautiful 17-year old girl and 12 
children were bom to them, 7 girls and 5 boys. Dad was 
proud of his even dozen but always a little disappointed 
that the girls outnumbered the boys. In fact he took a lot 
of razzing because they had five girls before they got a 
boy. Then there were two more girls and four boys. There 
are 34 grandchildren and 72 great-grand, and 20 great- 
great-grandchildren. 

Daddy was a good father with a kind and pleasant 
nature, thoughtful and kind to neighbors and friends in 
need of a helping hand. In those days neighbors would 
exchange work with each other and money was always a 
short commodity. It seemed like Dad had a knack for 
many things. He could build a house or furniture and out 
buildings. 

If his equipment broke down, he could find a piece of 


iron, go to his workshop, build a fire and get the iron red 
hot, put it on the anvil and hammer it into whatever he 
wanted or needed. He could also cook and had a job with 
the state surveyors when they were mapping the land east 
of the Green River to the Colo. line. He also cooked for 
the gold miners when they worked at the dredge mine up 
the Green River. 

On wash day, which usually lasted from sunup to 
sundown, he would cook dinner for mother. He made the 
best buttermilk biscuits and apple cobbler I ever tasted. 
Then he would comb our hair when our mother couldn’t 
and he would have us turn to face him and comb towards 
the front, making the braid to loop down over our face 
and cover our eyes and nose. He would then make it into a 
loop and tie a ribbon bow on the braid. This made us very 
unhappy. 

The welcome mat was always out at our house, so 
there would be one or two extra at least half the time. 
Uncle Steve lived with us and Uncle Hyrum also, for a 
time after he had his stroke. Daddy took care of him and 
taught him to walk and talk again. 

One of the beautiful things I remember about my 
father was during the flu epidemic of 1918, nearly every 
family in the valley was sick with it. Father set up a tent 
and put extra towls, soap, a wash basin and clean clothes. 
Mama made him some gauze masks and he went out 
taking care of the sick. There were several who died from 
it, Aunt Sara Peterson lost her oldest son and he left a 
family of small children. There were many who died 
through the winter. None of us ever took it. 

Father was a beautiful dancer. He and mother took 
many prizes dancing waltzes and other popular dances, 
including square dances. He had such a happy, pleasant 
disposition, fun-loving, everyone was loved by him, he was 
a good friend to all, and they loved him. 

They sold their home in Jensen in the mid thirties and 
bought a small farm in Naples ward, three miles south on 
5th east where they lived the rest of their life. On Jan. 21, 
1953 he had a fatal heart attack and died at 70 years of 
age. Mother died of a stroke following surgery five years 
later. They are laid to rest in Maeser Cemetery, a spot he 
picked where they could be close together in death as they 
were in life. He was spiritual and had a beautiful testimony 
of the Lord, Jesus Christ and the Gospel. 


86 






BENJAMIN GORDON SMUIN 



Benjamin Gordon and Emma Nippon Murray Smuin, Kenneth. 
Kieth, Doyle, Mavis, Roland, Dale Harold Eugene. 


EMMA NIPPON MURRAY 

Emma Nippon Murray was bom August 24, 1904 to 
Jonathan Moyes Murray and Emily Achsah Hollingshead. 
They separated when she was a small child. Her mother 
then married Harry Eugene Fairfax and they continued to 
live in the Vernal and Jensen area. 

Emma Nippon married Benjamin Gordon Smuin on 
May 15, 1920. They had six children and were divorced in 
1935. She then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and later 
married Levi David Smuin, brother of Benjamin Gordon 
Smuin. Two children were born of this marriage. 

She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
day Saints where she worked in the Relief Society, Sunday 
School, and worked in the church offices as a genealogical 
resarcher. 

Emma Nippon put together Books of Remembrances 
for many people. In fact, she researched for people all 
over the United States as well as foreign countries. She 
was a beautiful penman and took great pride in being neat 
and exact. She made books for all her children and 
grandchildren. 

Nippon did Temple work for members of her family 
and encouraged all her children to live good, clean lives. 
She continued to work and do geneology almost up to the 
time of her death on April 12, 1979. She had a bad heart 
and had a couple of pace makers put in. She died in her 
sleep. 

Husband — Benjamin Gordon Smuin, born March 
30, 1900 in Vernal, Utah. 

Wife — Emma Nippon Murray, born August 24, 1904 
in Jensen, Utah. 

Children — Kenneth Gordon Smuin born September 
8, 1921 in Vernal, Utah; Keith Horace Smuin, born 
August 14, 1923 in Raines, Utah; Doyle K. Smuin bom 
October 25, 1925 in Vernal, Utah; Mavis Joy Smuin bom 
January 21, 1928 in Vernal, Utah; Roland Dail Smuin, 
born November 5, 1929 in Vernal, Utah; Harold Eugene 
Smuin, born November 9, 1932 in Vernal, Utah. 


Benjamin Gordon Smuin, bom March 30, 1900 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 6, 1909. Married May 
15, 1920, and endowed March 10 1965. Died July 26, 1969 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Buried July 29, 1969, Vernal, 
Utah. Father William Bradford Smuin, and Mother Eliza 
Ann Kendall. Other wives: (2) Jennie Marie Watkins. 

Wife: (1) Emma Nippon Murray, bom August 24, 
1904 in Jensen, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 2, 1913 and 
endowed April 4, 1951. Father Jonathan Moyes Murray, 
and mother Emily Achsah Holinshead. Other husband: (2) 
Levi David Smuin. 

Kenneth Gordon Smuin, born Sept. 8, 1921 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, and baptized March 1, 1930. Married March 
15, 1940 to Thelma Augusta Beynon. 

Keith Horace Smuin, born Aug. 14, 1923 in Raines, 
Carbon, Utah, and baptized June 2, 1934. Endowed May 
18, 1967. Married June 19, 1942 to Karma Elliott. 

Doyle Keer Smuin, born Oct. 25, 1925 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, and baptized June 2, 1934. Married July 24, 
1943 to Vincent Mary Joy. 

Mavis Joy Smuin, born Jan. 21, 1928 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, and baptized June 4, 1938. Endowed July 1, 
1954 and sealed Dec. 9, 1964 SL. Married Nov. 16, 1946 to 
LaMar E. Quarnberg. 

Roland Dail Smuin, bom Nov. 5, 1929 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, and baptized June 4, 1938. Married July 24, 
1950 to Ruth Elaine Cooley. 

Harold Eugene Smuin, bom Nov. 9, 1932 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Married Lois Wright, and sealed Dec. 9, 
1964 in Salt Lake. 



Doyle Keer Roland Dale Smuin 


KENNETH GORDON SMUIN 

Husband — Benjamin Gordon Smuin, born March 
30, 1900 in Vernal, Utah. 

Wife — Emma Nippon Murray, born August 24, 1904 
in Jensen, Utah. 

Kenneth Gordon Smuin the oldest of the six children 
of Gordon and Nippon Smuin. We have always been a 
very close family and we have always loved and enjoyed 
each other's company very much. All of us have been hard 

87 








Thelma, Stephen Owen. 


workers and took great pride in doing what ever we did, to 
the best of our ability. 

I have worked in about every line of work. My main 
interest has been Oil Field Welding and Machine Shop 
work. I am a partner in Basin Machine and Welding 
Company that was established in 1954. I’ve always loved 
farming, but could only do it as a hobby. I like to dance, 
hunt, fish and travel. 

I have four wonderful children. I also have a beautiful 
and loving wife Thelma Augusta Beynon who has sup¬ 
ported and helped me more than anyone could ever know. 
We have been happy through the years and learned early 
in life that marriage is a 50-50 deal that has to have love 
and understanding on both sides. We enjoy doing things 
together no matter what it is. 

Husband — Kenneth Gordon Smuin, born Sep¬ 
tember 8, 1921 in Vernal, Utah. 

Wife — Thelma Augusta Beynon, born September 
26, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Children — Leon Kenneth Smuin, born September 13, 
1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah; Lynn Charles Smuin, bom 
September 2, 1941 in Salt Lake City, Utah; (died as infant) 
Charlotte Ann Smuin, bom March 16, 1943 in Salt Lake 
City, Utah; Joan Thelma Smuin, born September 10, 1944 
in Salt Lake City, Utah; Stephen Owen Smuin, bom 
October 21, 1948 in Vernal, Utah. 



Leon Kenneth and Nelda Brimhall Smuin. Leon Kay, Randy 
Morgan, Neldon Adair, Nelda Denise, Danna Marie. 


LEON KENNETH 

Husband — Kenneth Gordon Smuin, born Sep¬ 
tember 8, 1921 in Vernal, Utah. 

Wife — Thelma Augusta Beynon, born September 
26, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Leon Kenneth, my oldest son was born September 13, 
1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah. We moved to Vernal on 
March 15, 1947 when he was a small boy. 

I bought a farm on Ashley Creek with 220 acres which 
was a part of the Willard Williams Ranch. He grew up 
with a load on his shoulder's, being my main hand on the 
farm. He was held responsible for all the work and left 
with, planting, plowing, lambing, haying and keeping 
fences and things in working condition. He was very 
dependable. He was a state champion wrestler in high 
school. He was also a track star that won him a scholarship 
to BYU college. 

He graduated from college and came back to Vernal 
to teach and coach at the Junior high school. He has 
always been a leader and could do anything with kids. 

He married Nelda Vivian Brimhall August 26, 1960 in 
Jensen, Utah. They were later married in the Salt Lake 
Temple. They have five children of whom they are very 
proud, three boys and two girls. 

Husband — Leon Kenneth Smuin, bom September 
13, 1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Wife— Nelda Vivian Brimhall, born August 25, 1941 
in Vernal, Utah. 

Children — Leon Kay Smuin, bom September 17, 
1961 in Vernal, Utah; Randy Morgan Smuin, bom 
November 9, 1963 in Vernal, Utah; Neldon Adair Smuin, 
born April 26, 1965 in Vernal, Utah; Nelda Denise Smuin, 
born December 7, 1966 in Vernal, Utah; Danna Marie 
Smuin, born December 18, 1977 in Vernal, Utah. 

LYNN CHARLES SMUIN 

Husband — Kenneth Gordon Smuin, born Sep¬ 
tember 8, 1921 in Vernal, Utah. 

Wife — Thelma Augusta Beynon, born September 


88 




Lynn and Pauline Martensen Smuin. Janette. Sonja, Marsha, 
Morgan, Ulene, Isaac Lynn, Neal Dal. 


26, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Lynn Charles Smuin, my second son, was born in Salt 
Lake City, Utah, September 2, 1941. He was fat and 
chubby as a baby and cute as a bug. His work and play 
came easy for him and one could always depend on him 
even when he was real small. He worked hard and played 
hard. 

Our farm on Ashley Creek has always been his pride 
and joy. He still lives there doing the farming, raising the 
sheep and keeping the place in shape. Lynn was also a 
state champion wrestler in high school, a good athlete in 
football, track and anything that was a challenge, he was 
tough as a bull. 

He was active in church and served a mission to the 
Northeastern States. He married Pauline Martinsen, May 
3, 1963 in Elko, Nevada. They are the parents of seven 
children, one of whom died as an infant. They have one 
daughter Janette who is married and one grandson. 

Husband — Lynn Charles Smuin, bom September 2, 
1941 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Wife — Pauline Martinsen, born August 14, 1943 in 
Vernal, Utah. 

Children — Janette Smuin, born November 16, 1963 
in Vernal, Utah; Sonja Smuin, born October 21, 1966 in 
Vernal, Utah; Marsha Smuin, bom December 27, 1970 in 
Vernal, Utah; Morgan Charles Smuin, born June 12, 1972 
in Vernal, Utah (died as infant); Ulene Smuin, bom 
August 2, 1973 in Vernal, Utah; Isaac Lynn Smuin, bom 
February 15, 1977 in Salt Lake City, Utah; Neal Dal 
Smuin, born June 16, 1979 in Vernal, Utah. 

JOAN THELMA SMUIN 

Husband — Kenneth Gordon Smuin bom September 
8, 1921 in Vernal, Utah. 

Wife — Thelma Augusta Beynon, born September 
26, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Our daughter Joan Thelma Smuin was born September 
10, 1944, while I was in the Army in World War II. She 
was raised with a family of boys and had to defend herself 
and work almost as hard as they did. She was good in 
school and active in church. 



Floyd Howard and Joan Smuin Collett. Yvette, Shane, Yvonne. 
Yolonda, Cameron, Camille, Yaraell, Kelly. 


Joan was like her mother. She could do anything she 
wanted or set her mind to do. Her training as a farm girl 
built her into a woman capable of anything and 
everything. She has proved this in raising eight children 
and building three houses. 

Her pride and joy is her family, but she also sells real 
estate, build's houses, draws up house plans, landscapes 
and designs. She also keeps herself busy in the Church of 
Jesue Christ of Latter-day Saints, on both the stake and 
ward level. 

She married Floyd Howard Collett in the Salt Lake 
Temple on Friday, April the 13, 1932. Since that time they 
have moved from Vernal, Utah to Illinois, Farmington, 
New Mexico, Nevada and Texas, and now she lives in 
Roosevelt, Utah. 

Husband — Floyd Howard Collett, bom February 16, 
1942 in Maeser, Utah. 

Wife — Joan Thelma Smuin, born September 10, 
1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Children — Yvette Collett, born May 15, 1963 in 
Vernal, Utah; Shane Floyd Collett, born March 18, 1964 in 
Vernal, Utah; Yvonne Collett, born June 16, 1969 in 
Farmington, New Mexico; Yolonda Collett, born June 11, 
1970 in Farmington, New Mexico; Cameron Howard 
Collett, born June 6, 1972 in Farmington, New Mexico; 
Camille Collett, born January 14, 1974 in Roosevelt, Utah; 
Yarnell Collett, born October 6, 1976 in Midland, Texas; 
Kelly Kenneth Collett, born April 14, 1979 in Roosevelt, 
Utah. 

STEPHEN OWEN SMUIN 

Husband — Kennth Gordon Smuin, born September 
8, 1921 in Vernal, Utah. 

Wife — Thelma Augusta Beynon, bom September 
26, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Stephen Owen Smuin was born October 21, 1948, in 
Vernal, Utah. Stephen our last baby, was bom while I was 
hunting deer in 1948. Well I guess you know that it has 
been a well discussed fact. He was always alone when 
growing up because the older kids were in school. We 
didn't have any close neighbors, but he always seemed to 

89 











Stephen Smuin, Charlotte, Sadie, Brandi. 


have plenty of imaginary friends. 

Steven is very athletic and tried everything. He is also a 
very good mechanic and loves to work on fixing up cars. 
Loves to hunt, fish, hunt arrowheads and just loves to be 
out in the hills. His work has taken him all over the 
Western United States. 

He has four daughters, two by his first wife and two 
by his second. He married Carol Ann Roberts on 
November 25, 1967 in Maeser, Utah. They had two girls, 
they divorced and he later married Fern Michelle 
Bloomfield and they have two girls. 

Husband — Stephen Owen Smuin, born October 21, 
1948 in Vemal, Utah. 

- Wife — Carol Ann Roberts, born February 7, 1949 in 
Vernal, Utah. 

Children — Charlotte Ann Smuin, born June 8, 1968 
in Vemal, Utah. Brandi Lynn Smuin, born Jan. 11, 1971 in 
Vernal, Utah. 

Husband — Stephen Owen Smuin, born October 21, 
1948 in Vemal Utah. 

Wife — Fern Michelle Bloomfield, bom June 30, 1956 
in Meeker, Colorado. 

Children — Sadie Rae Smuin, bom May 9, 1977 in 
Vernal, Utah; Lena Michelle Smuin, born October 7, 1979 
in Vernal, Utah. 

KEITH HORACE SMUIN 

Keith Horace Smuin, bom August 14, 1923 in Raines^ 
Carbon, Utah. Baptized June 2, 1934, endowed May 18, 
1967, and sealed May 18, 1967 in Salt Lake. Married June 
19, 1942, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Father, Ben¬ 
jamin Gordon Smuin, Mother, Emma Nippon Murray. 

Wife: Karma Elliott, born April 13, 1926, Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Jan. 6, 1935, endowed May 
18, 1967, and sealed May 18, 1967, Salt Lake City. Father, 
Clawson Spicer Elliott, Wife's mother, Elva Hunsaker. 

Children: 

Karma LaVon Smuin, born Jan. 17, 1943, Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Feb. 2, 1951, endowed 
Dec. 14, 1961 and sealed May 18, 1967 in Salt Lake City. 

LaRue Smuin, bom Sept. 12, 1944, Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized July 30, 1953, endowed May 18, 

90 




Karma LaVon, LaRue, Diane, Katherine, Keith Jr., Caroline. 




Keith and Karma Smuin 


1967 and sealed May 18, 1967, Salt Lake City. 

Diane Smuin, born July 8, 1946, Salt Lake City, Salt 
Lake, Utah. Married Feb. 23, 1963 to Emer Dennis 
Henline. 

Katherine Smuin, bom July 21, 1949, Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized August 30, 1957, endowed May 
26, 1978, and sealed May 18, 1967. Married Feb. 3, 1968 to 
Charles S. Willard. 

Keith Smuin Jr., bom June 17 1954, Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Died as a child. Sealed May 18, 1967, Salt 
Lake. 

Caroline Smuin, born April 9, 1957, Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized May 1. 1965, and sealed May 18, 1967, Salt 
Lake. 


3 





Thelma, Thelda, Sarah Alberta, Verlie, Wilbur, Elizabeth. Erma, Macks, Boyd, Dee, Johnny 



1928, in Craig, Moffat, Colorado. Died Jan. 8, 1975 in Roy, 
Davis, Utah, and was buried in Shelly, Idaho, Taylor 
Cemetery. Father William Henry Bascom, and mother 
Mary May Locks. Other wives: (2) Ruth Evelyn Slighton. 

Wife: (1) Thelma Murray, born May 9, 1910 in 
Jensen, Uintah, Utah. Baptized August 7, 1921. Father 


Johnathan Moyes and Verlie 

JONATHAN MOYES MURRAY 

Jonathan Moyes Murray, bom Nov. 8, 1882 in 
Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah County. Baptized Oct. 6, 1892, 
and endowed and sealed April 28, 1955 SL. Married Oct. 
18, 1909. Father, Jeremiah Hatch Murray, and mother 
Karen Maria Neilson. Wife Verlie Stewart. 

Children: Thelma Murray, born in Jensen, Utah; 
Thelda Dortha Murray, Jensen, Utah; Sarah Francis, 
Jensen, Utah; Alberta, Jensen, Utah; Verlie, Jensen; 
Wilbur J. Murray, Jensen, Utah; Elizabeth, Jensen, Utah; 
Erma, Jensen, Utah; Jerry Macks, Vernal Utah; Boyd 
Murray, Jensen, Utah; Franklin Dee, Vernal, Utah; 
Johnny Moyes, Vernal, Utah, Uintah County. 

WILLIAM LEROY BASCOM 

Born Jan. 9, 1901 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized 
Sept. 14, 1909, and sealed Oct. 18, 1974. Married July 1, 


William LeRoy and Thelma Murray Bascom, Farrell and Velda 
May. 






Johnathan Moyes Murray, and mother Verlie Stewart. 
Other husbands: (2) Joe Cheak, Md. Feb. 14, 1970 (div.). 

Children: 

Farrell Jay Bascom, bom Sept. 29, 1930 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptised Sept. 6, 1941. Married Feb. 10, 
1958 to Jimmie Lou Cantrell. 

Velda May Bascom, born June 22, 1932 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1941, and endowed April 
1970. Married (1) Ontonio Miguel Archuletta Jan. 29, 
1952, (2) Jess Dokos April 25, 1965. 

Fay Dean Bascom, born Dec. 5, 1934 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 10, 1945 and endowed May 
22, 1969. Married Dec. 24, 1954 to Clifton Dwight 
Stillman. 

Bonnie Lou Bascom, bom Nov. 29, 1940 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1946, and endowed Feb. 9, 
1965. Married (1) April 6, 1956 to John Glen Morvan (2) 
Richard Lowell Siefferman August 2, 1978. 

Stanley LeRoy Bascom, born Nov. 29, 1940 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Married (1) Diana Leola Robbins, Feb. 17, 
1958 (2) Janice Ann Thieman. 

Raymond Bascom, born July 8, 1947 in Idaho Falls, 
Bonneville, Idaho. Baptized Sept. 21, 1956. 

Billie Wade Bascom, born Nov. 5, 1950 in Idaho Falls, 
Bonneville, Idaho. Baptized April 21, 1962. Married April 
14, 1973 to Ella Imogene Strickland. 



Thelma 


THELMA MURRAY BASCOM 

I was born May 9, 1910, the oldest child of Johnathan 
Moyes and Verlie Stewart Murray. I was blessed with the 
name — Thelma, and in the coming years my good 
parents gave me six more sisters and five brothers. Papa 
was a farmer, so I grew up around horses, milk cows, 
chickens, pigs, and other farm animals. I learned to ride 
horses and milk cows at an early age. 

I was 10 years old before we got a little brother. 
Mamma was a hard working mother and was sick a lot, so 
I learned to care for the little sisters and brothers. I could 
do all the house work and cook quite well at an early age. 



Thelma, Velda May, Fay Deane. Bonnie Lou, and Stanley. 


In the summertime, Thelda and I worked in the hay 
field with our papa; piling the hay shocking the grain, 
driving the team, or whatever there was to do. 

We had a lot of music and singing in our home. We 
had our family prayer night and morning with our parents. 
They lived by faith and trust and taught us these prin¬ 
cipals. 

When I was 18 years old, I married Roy Bascom and 
we had seven children. They all have a testimony of the 
gospel. My daughters and I spend many happy hours 
working in the temple. Two of my sons have served in the 
Navy and two in other branches of the service. I have 
sixteen grandchildren. 

My parents taught us to kneel night and morning to 
pray and this I still do. I thank my Father in Heaven for 
giving me good parents; for their teachings; and, for my 
testimony of the gospel. 



Four brothers, (back) Raymond, Billie Wade, Stanley, and 
Farrell Bascom. 


FARRELL JAY BASCOM 

Farrell Jay Bascom, bom Sept. 29, 1930. Married Feb. 
10, 1958. Father William LeRoy Bascom, and mother 
Thelma Murray. Baptized Sept. 6, 1941. 


92 




Wife: Jimmie Lou Cantrell, born July 6, 1928 in 
Durrant, Oklahoma. Father Elvis Cantrell, and mother 
Edna Loue. Other husbands: Harold Ralph Meeks. 
Baptized March 26, 1960. 

JIMMIE LOU CANTRELL 

Jimmie Lou Cantrell, born July 6, 1928 in Durant, 
Oklahoma. Baptized March 26, 1960. Father Elvis Can¬ 
trell, and mother Edna Loue. Married (1) Harold 
Ralph Meeks. Other husbands: (2) Farrell Jay Bascom. 

Children: Jody Dalelme Meeks, born August 18, 1947, 
and baptized March 26, 1960. 

VELDA MAE BASCOM 

Velda Mae Bascom, born June 22, 1932 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1941. Father William 
LeRoy Bascom and mother Thelma Murray. 

Married Ontonio Miguel Archuletta (1) Jan. 29, 1952 
in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. Bom September 18, 1923 in 
Moab, Grand, Utah. Baptized Jan. 5, 1961. Father Jose 
Roman Archuletta and mother Socorita Durand. 

Other husbands: (2) Jess Dokos, married April 25, 
1965. 

Children: 

Vanessa Lee Archuletta, born Dec. 31, 1952 in Twin 
Falls, Twin, Idaho. Baptized Feb. 3, 1961. 

Tonia Archuletta, born June 8, 1954 in Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized August 4, 1962. 

Tamara Archuletta, bom Aug. 15, 1956 in Salt Lake 


City, Salt Lake, Utah, Baptized March 27, 1962. 



Harold and Vanessa Ward 



Terry and Tonia Roby 



Tonia and Tami Archuletta 



Jess Dokas and Velda May 
VELDA MAY BASCOM 


Velda May Bascom, born June 22, 1932 in Jensen, 
Uintah. Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1941. Father William 
LeRoy Bascom, and mother Thelma Murray. 

Married Jess Dokos (2), bom August 30, 1919 
Midvale. Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized August 3, 1930. 


93 







Other husbands (D Ontonio 
married Jan. 29, 1952 (div.: 
Children: 

Kristina Angela Doko.s 
Lake City, Salt Lake. Utah 
Maurine Misti Doko.s.> 

City. Salt Lake. Utah. H«P' 


born March 16, 1963, Salt 


Maurine Misti 


Kristina (Kris) 


Clifton. Fay with Lisa, Brian and Scott. 

children were endowed and sealed to their parents Clifton 
D. Stillman and Fay Dean Bascom Stillman on the 23rd of 
May 1969. 

Second marriage to William Marion Noll on May 26, 
■979 in Las Veoas Nev 


Vicky Dokas 


Jess Dokas 


FAY DEAN BASCOM STILLMAN NOLL 

born on Dec. 5, 1934 in Jensen 
m LeRov Bascom and Thelma 


Fay Dean Bascom w* 
Uintah Co. Utah, to "ill* 
Murray Bascom. 

I was married to i» 

1954 in Salt Lake City. } 

1927 to Joseph Julian M 
Stillman. 

We were the parent 
Stillman, born Nov. 5. 1°' 
Utah. Brian Dwight Suit’ 
Lake City, Salt Lake t o.. 
March 9, 1959 Salt Lake City 

One of these c 
Stillman our daughter i-' 
daughter Tandy Lanae 
were married in the tenv.' e >■ > 


Dwight Stillman, Dec. 24, 
Clifton was born Dec. 20, 
n and Emma Osguthorpe 


John and Bonnie Morvan 


of three children: Lisa Ann 
. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., 
ian. bom Aug. 20, 1957, Salt 
Utah. Scott Rodney Stillman, 
Salt Lake Cp., Utah, 
hildren is now married, Lisa Ann 
Mrs. Cyd Armstrong. They have a 
tvrn Nov. 2. 1978. Lisa and Cyd 
Aug. 19, 1977. Our three 


BONNIE LOU BASCOM 


Bonnie Lou Bascom, bom March 19, 1936 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1946, endowed Feb. 9, 
1%5 and sealed Feb. 9, 1965.Father William LeRoy 
Bascom, and mother Thelma Murray. 

Married John Glen Morvan (1), April 6, 1956 in 
Eh<x;nu, Maricopa. Arizona. Bom Oct. 9, 1933 in Many, 
Louisianna. Baptized Nov. 24, 1962, endowed Feb. 9, 1965 


MBIHC 




Terry and Dennie Morvan 


and sealed Feb. 9, 1965. Father Vick Morvan, mother 
Agnes Deers. 

Other husbands, Richard Lowell Siefferman (2) 
married August 2, 1978. 

Ten-y Glen Morvan, born Jan. 6, 1957 in Phoenix, 
Maricopa, Ariz. Baptized Jan. 30, 1965. Sealed to parents 
February 9, 1965. 

Dennis Gene Morvan, born Feb. 8, 1959 in Phoenix, 
Maricopa, Ariz. Baptized Feb. 15, 1967. Sealed to parents 
Feb. 9, 1965. 

Peter Craig Morvan, bom March 9, 1962 in Misawa, 
Japan, Japan. Baptized Feb. 14, 1970. Sealed to parents 
Feb. 9, 1965. 

Julie Gail Morvan, born Aug. 10, 1965 in Clovis, 
Curray, N. Mexico, BIC. 

Matthew John Morvan, born Aug. 26, 1970 in Clovis, 
Curray, N. Mexico, BIC. 



Velda, Raymond, Bonnie and Richard (Dick) Fay, Thelma 


BONNIE LOU BASCOM 

Bonnie Lou Bascom, bom March 19, 1936 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1946. Endowed Feb. 9, 
1965. Father William LeRoy Bascom, and mother Thelma 
Murray. 

Married John Glen Morvan (1) April 6, 1956 (div.). 

Married Richard Lowell Siefferman (2) August 2, 
1978 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Born Nov. 14, 1931 
in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio. Father Clair Eugene 
Siefferman, mother Ann Louise Shoemaker. 



Stanley and Diana 
STANLEY LeROY BASCOM 


Stanley LeRoy Bascom, born Nov. 29, 1940 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Father William LeRoy Bascom, and mother 
Thelma Murray. Other wives, married (2) Janice Ann 
Thieman. 

Wife (1) Diana Leola Robbins, bom Jan. 29, 1943 in 
Santa Rosa, California. Father Therman Robbins, and 
wife Rosemond. 

Children: Sheryl Annette Bascom, bom Aug. 26, 1958. 
in Santa Rosa, Sonoma California. Cynthia Maria Bascom, 
born May 22, 1958 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California. 

BILLIE WADE BASCOM 

Billie Wade Bascom, bom Nov. 5, 1950 in Idaho Falls, 
Bonneville, Idaho. Baptized April 21, 1962. Married in 
Reno, Washoe, Nevada. Father William LeRoy Bascom 
and wife Thelma Murray. 

Wife Ella Imogene Strickland, bom Dec. 29, 1942 in 
Exeter, California. Father James Strickland, and mother 
Elsie B. Tribble. Other husbands: Ralph E. Bowman. 

Children: Billy Wade Bascom, born July 16, 1977 in 
Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California. 

ELLA IMOGENE STRICKLAND 

Ella Imogene Strickland, born Dec. 29, 1942 in 
Exeter, California. Father James Strickland and Mother 
Elsie B. Tribble. 

Married Ralph E. Bowman. Other husbands: Billie 
Wade Bascom. 

Children: 

Steven Edward Bowman, bom July 31, 1961, Santa 
Rosa, Sonoma, Calif. 

Randolph Duane Bowman, born Nov. 12, 1962, Santa 

95 














Clarence 

THELDA DORTHA MURRAY 

Thelda Dortha Murray, bom Oct. 27, 1911 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Father Johnathan Moyes Murray, and 
mother Verlie Arnold Stewart. Baptized August 7, 1921 
and endowed March 28, 1957. 

Married Marion Wall Abplanalp on Jan. 13, 1928 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. He was bom April 2, 1906 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father John Abplanalp, mother Eva 
Wall. Baptized June 9, 1917. 

Other husband: Robert Henderson Gregg. 

Children: Clarence Abplanalp, born Oct. 13, 1928 in 
Jensen, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Dec. 5, 1936. Married July 
28, 1961 to Betty Jen Medlen. Died Nov. 26, 1948. 

I am Thelda Dortha Murray. Second child bom to 
Johnathan Moyes and Verlie Stewart Murray, on October 
27, 1911 in Jensen, Utah; with the aid of a horse and buggy 
doctor and my great-grandmother, who was a very good 


midwife. I was a Tuesday’s child and came to this world on 
a dark rainy night. 

My parents were good, honest, hard-working people, 
and firm believers in the ten commandments. We were 
taught to abide by them at an early age. I had a strong 
trust in God and trusted in my faith and His guidance in all 
my needs. 

I started school in Jensen at age 7 and graduated from 
the 9th grade at age 13 and went out on my first job away 
from home. I tried to make enough money to attend high 
school but, gave up after one year and married Marion 
Abplanalp in January of 1928. We had one child, a son. 
After fifteen years of marriage, we divorced. I went to 
work to send my son to school. When he was 18, he went 
into the Navy for 18 months. When he got home in 1949, 
he married. 

In 1950, I married again and this marriage was a 
happy one. We were married for 6 years when Bob had a 
massive heart attack and died; leaving me alone again. I 
moved back to Vernal and lived with mother, who was a 
widow also. 

In September of 1958 I married Henery Merkley. Five 
years later he passed away. Mother had surgery and 
passed away January 3,1958. Then in July 1961 the bottom 
really dropped out for me when my son was instantly 
killed in a trucking accident; leaving a wife and three little 
children — all under 8 years old. 

In May 1964, about nine months after Henery died, I 
had a serious heart attack and spent the summer getting 
over that. During this time, Harold McKee was seeing me. 
He was good company and really saved me from going off 
the deep end. In September 1964 we married and are still 
enjoying a good life in 1980. 

I have all my temple work done, and have done work 
for many more good souls. I have worked in all the church 
auxiliaries at the stake and ward levels. At the present 
time I am the Social Relations Teacher in the Relief 
Society. I have been a visiting teacher in the Relief Society 
for 32 years. I hope my testimony will be strong enough to 
withstand all the buffetting that will come upon us. My 
blessing are many and I am so thankful for all our blessed 
Savior has given us as a family and a people. 


a, Sonoma, Calif. 

Brian Keith Bowman, born Dec. 7, 1966 in Santa 
Rosa, Sonoma, Calif. 

Lisa Renee Bowman, born May 11, 1967, Santa Rosa, 
Sonoma, Calif. 


S. Harold and Thelda McKee 


96 






THELDA DORTHA MURRAY McKEE 


By Alberta Murray Oaks 

Thelda was an unforgettable, beautiful lady. She was 
known for her friendly, happy countenance and laughter, 
loved so dearly by her brothers and sisters. 

She was especially loving and caring for her three 
grandchildren, her only son being killed in an accident 
when the children were small. They seemed to fill the 
great void and loss she suffered in losing her beloved son. 

Nieces and nephews adored their Aunt Tillie as they 
called her, and their children loved her so much. She 
loved each of them. She had time to dry a tear, wipe away 
the dirt, and comfort them when needed. They all loved to 
visit Aunt Tillie. 

Her kitchen held the aroma of something fresh from 
the oven. There was always a special treat for them. She 
was an excellent cook. 

Thelda loved God’s out of doors, the wonder of the 
season, the return of the birds in the spring. She loved 
flowers of all kinds — the neat rows of vegetables were 
bordered with sweet peas, petunias, and delpheniums. The 
shelves in the fruit room were filled row after row with 
fruits and vegetables. 

She won many ribbons at the fair with quilts, afghans, 
hand work and water colors. 

She suffered much heartache in the loss of loved ones 
close to her, but her faith just seemed to increase. Her 
beautiful testimony became stronger as she became more 
involved in the Lord's work holding various positions in 
the ward and stake. She had a deep appreciation for good 
music and sung in the ward and stake choir. 

Our Father in Heaven has told us we are all given 
special gifts, Thelda's was playing the violin. She was 
taught by Professor Norman Olsen. She played second 
violin in the high school orchestra and on two occasions 
played with the Professor and Mrs. Olsen at conference in 
the Tabernacle. 

Our Mother and Father played the violin also. In the 
evenings the sweet music of Oh My Father and other 
hymns could be heard in the cool night air. 

She held office in the County Daughters of Utah 
Pioneers and was captain of Camp May Ruple for four 
years. 

She was a receptionist at the Field House of Natural 
History for twelve years, employed by Ernest and Billie 
Unterman. 

Being involved was a way of life for Thelda. She loved 
much, gave more. She gave generously, and withheld 
wisely, loved by many, admired and respected by all. 

She was firm in her devotion to the gospel, the eternal 
truth restored by Joseph Smith. She prayed diligently to 
endure to the end. In a beautiful spirit of love and faith, 
she and others completed this book, ready for the 
Publisher on Friday, September 19, 1980. 

Thelda passed away quietly in her sleep at home 
September 21, 1980 of a heart attack. 

Thelda gave us many beautiful memories to treasure 
always. 



Clarence and Betty Abplanalp. Linda, Jimmy, and Bobby 


CLARENCE ABPLANALP 


Clarence Abplanalp, born Oct. 13, 1928 an Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Married Nov. 26, 1948 in Craig, Moffat, 
Colorado. Died July 28, 1961 in Chama, New Mexico. 
Father Marion Wall Abplanalp and mother Thelda Dortha 
Murray. Baptised Dec. 5, 1936. 

Wife: Betty Jean Medlen, born Nov. 26, 1931 in 
Craig, Moffat, Colorado. Father Eddie Green Medlen Sr. 
and mother Lillian Lee Marshall. 

Children: 

James Marion Abplanalp, born Dec. 22, 1948 in 
Craig, Moffat, Colorado. 

Clarence Robert Abplanalp, born June 7, 1950 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Married June 11, 1971 to Marilyn K. 
Burnett. 

Linda Kaye Abplanalp, born Aug. 12, 1951 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Married July 2, 1970 to Dave Robert 
Allen. 



James and Dorthy Abplanalp 


JAMES MARION ABPLANALP 

James Marion Abplanalp, born Dec. 22, 1949 in 
Craig, Moffat, Colorado. Married April 2, 1978, Do. 


97 










Clifford L. Delaine Massey, Scott, Sherry, Bret L„ Cully, Sheree 
(twins) 

Kolb. 

Children: 

Sheree Massey, born May 29, 1951 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized June 6, 1959. Married March 12, 
1970 to Richard Woodruff Offett. 

Sherry, (twin) born May 29, 1951 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized June 6, 1959. Married Ronald Gordon 
Richards Feb. 2, 1971. 

Gregory Scott Massey, born Dec. 26, 1955 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Jan. 4, 1964. Married Sept. 6, 1977 
to Julie Ann Colton. 

Bret L. Massey, born April 3, 1959 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized May 3, 1967. Married Sept. 28, 1979 to 
Kathryn Jill Redding. 

Cully Lance Massey, born Dec. 14, 1964 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized March 3, 1973. 

Clifford L. and Delaine Watkins Massey. We were 
both born and raised in Vernal Utah. We are the parents 
of five children. Twin girls and three boys. Sherry, Sheree, 
Scott, Bret and Cully. 

Clifford is a partner in Massey Fence Company and also 
in Good Earth Corporation. DeLaine is a clerk at Barton’s 
House of Wallcoverings and Secretary of the Vernal 3rd 
ward primary. 

Cully attends Vernal Jr. High School. Scott works for 
Colorado Well Service. He is married to Julie Colton. Bret 
works for Gibson Well Service and is married to Kathy 
Redding. She works at the Hair Affair, a beauty shop in 
Ashton Square. 

RICHARD WOODRUFF OFFETT 

Richard Woodruff Offett, bom June 3, 1946 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Married March 2, 1970 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Endowed March 2, 1978 and sealed March 
2, 1978. 

Wife Sheree Massey, born May 29, 1951 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized June 6, 1959 and endowed March 
2, 1978. Father Clifford Lewis Massey and mother Delaine 
Watkins. 

Children: Shayla Dawn, bom Jan. 13, 1972 in Salt 

99 


Sarah Murray and Loyd Mears. 


William Sewell and Sarah Massey. Clifford, LaRita, Douglas, 
Barbara and Elaine. 


CLIFFORD LEWIS MASSEY 


Clifford Lewis Massey, bom May 11, 1931 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 28, 1953. Married June 10, 
1950, Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father William Sewell 
Massey, and mother Sarah Francis Murray. 

Wife DeLaine Watkins, bom July 18, 1932 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Father Lorenzo Watkins, and mother Jennie 






Richad and Sheree Offett. Shayla Dawn, Dusteen, Shonetta 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Dusteen Offett, born July 15, 
1973 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. 


We are Sherree and Richard W. Offett and are both 
from Vernal. Now living in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have 
three little girls, Shayla Dawn, Dusteen and Shonetta. 
Richard has served in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from 
Utah Tech, and is part owner of Affordable Transmission. 
We are both active in the LDS Church. Sheree is the 
daughter of Clifford L. Massey and Richard is the son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Offett of Vernal. 



Ronald and Sherry Richards. Sidney, Rusty. 
RONALD GORDON RICHARDS 


Ronald Gordon Richards, born Nov. 5, 1955 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Married February 1971 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Father Gordon Richards, and mother Opal 
Shiner. 

Wife Sherry Massey, born May 29, 1951 in Vernal. 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized June 6, 1959. Father Clifford Lewis 
Massey, and mother Delaine Watkins. 

Children: Sidney Richards, bom Aug. 6, 1970 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Rusty Richards, born Aug. 15, 1973 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 

I am a daughter to Clifford and DeLaine Massey. My 
name is Sherry. I have a twin sister and three brothers. I 
married Ron Richards. He is the son of Laddie and Opal 
Richards. He has one brother and four sisters. We are 
natives of Vernal. We have two children. Sidney and 
Rusty. I work part time and enjoy bowling. Ron is part 
owner of Basin Excavating and he enjoys bowling also. 
Both children are in school and enjoy it very much. 


GREGORY SCOTT MASSEY 

Gregory Scott Massey, born Dec. 26, 1955 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Jan. 4, 1964. Married Sept. 6, 1977. 
Father Clifford Lewis Massey, and mother Delaine 
Watkins. 

Wife Julie Ann Colton, born Jan. 8, 1960 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Father Edward Colton, and mother Colleen 
Rasmussen. 

BRETT MASSEY 


Brett Massey married Katherine Jill Redding. She was 
born June 2, 1960 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Her father was 
Keith Redding, and mother Lila Hunting. 



Floyd C. and LaRita Needles. Kerry Wade, and Christy and 
Stacy. 


FLOYD CHARLES NEEDLES 

Floyd Charles Needles, born July 27, 1929 in Colorado 
Springs, Colorado. Married April 8, 1948. Father Charles 
Burton Needles and mother Bertha Wisteria Wilcox. 

Wife, LaRita Massey, born Dec. 20, 1932 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 28, 1963. Father Wm. Sewell 
Massey and mother Sarah Francis Murray. 

Children: 

Kerry Wade Needles, born March 26, 1950 in Price, 
Carbon, Utah. Married June 30, 1973 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. 

Christe Needles, born Nov. 1, 1951 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Married Steven Ray Corbin on Feb. 14, 1972. 

Stacy Needles, bom Aug. 12, 1958 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Married March 26, 1977 to Stephen Patrick 
Yeoman, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

KERRY WADE NEEDLES 

Kerry Wade Needles, born March 26, 1950 in Price, 
Carbon, Utah. Baptized Feb. 6, 1960. Married June 30, 
1973. Father Floyd Charles Needles and mother La Rita 
Massey. 

Wife Leann Mitchell, born March 8, 1955 in Salt Lake 
City, Salt, Lake, Utah. Baptized Feb. 28, 1963. Father 
Mitchell and Mother Sheila. 


100 



Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father Edgar Reuben Taylor, and 
mother Erma May Beck. 

Wife Barbara Massey, bora Aug. 6, 1933 m Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized March 26, 1955. Endowed Dec.18, 
1964 in SL. Father William Sewell Massey, and mother 
Sarah Francis Murray. 

Children: , TT . , 

Rae Lynn Taylor, bora June 1, 1954 m Vernal, Urntah, 
Utah. Baptized June 30, 1962. Married Aug. 12, 1972 to 

Calvin J. Jorgensen. . . 

Brenda Elaine Taylor, born April 6, 1956 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 1, 1964. Married Sept. 24, 

1974 to Rex C. Jorgensen. 

Robert W. Taylor, bora Aug. 3, 1960. Died April 7, 

1979. 



Calvin and RaeLynn Jorgensen. Jason J., Marisa Frances. 


CALVIN J. JORGENSEN 


Calvin J. Jorgensen, married Aug. 12, 1972 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Father Harry L. Jorgensen, and mother 
Wanda Olson. 

Wife, Rae Lynn Taylor, born June 1, 1956. Baptized 
June 30, 1962. Father Edgar Ray Taylor, and mother 
Barbara Massey. 

Children: Jason J. Jorgensen, bora Sept. 1, 1973 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah; Marisa Francis Jorgensen, bora 
Oct. 13, 1976 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 


REX C. JORGENSEN 

Rex C. Jorgensen, born April 27, 1955. Married Sept. 
24, 1974 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father Leo H. 
Jorgensen, and mother Veda Thacker. 

Wife Brenda Elaine Taylor, bom April 6, 1959. 
Father Edgar Ray Taylor, and mother Barbara Massey. 

Children: Megan Jorgensen, bom April 12, 1975 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah; Jesseca Sara Jorgensen, born April 
29, 1976 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Robyn Chae, born May 
22, 1979. 



Rex Jorgensen and Brenda Elaine. Megan, Jessica Sara. 
Robyn Chae 



Mark and Elaine 
MARK DANIEL ALLEN 


Mark Daniel Allen, born Feb. 5, 1931 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Married July 26, 1958. Father Joseph 
Marion Allen, and mother Emma Manella Hislop. 

Wife Elaine Francis Massey, bora Sept. 23, 1937 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father William Sewell Massey, and 
mother Sarah Francis Murray. Other husbands: Don 
Roger Hullinger. 

Children: Marlaine Allen, bom June 14, 1959 in 
Garden Grove, California, married August 11, 1979 to 
James Hyrum Skaggs. 

Brian Mark, bom Feb. 2, 1961 in Garden Grove, 
California. 


102 







Brent Dale, born April 13, 1962 in Garden Grove, July 17, 1965. Two children were born to this union: 
California. 1. Shawn Collin Massey, bom April 2, 1971. 



2. Tamara Dawn Massey, born Sept. 12, 1972 


James and Marlain Skaggs 


James and Audrey Strain 


JAMES HYRUM SKAGGS 


AUDRY MASSEY WILEY STRAIN 


James Hyrum Skaggs, married Aug. 11, 1979 in Los 
Angeles, California. Father Dr. Donald Skaggs. 

Wife Marlaine Allen, bom, June 14, 1959 in Garden 
Grove, California. Endowed Aug. 11, 1979 and sealed 
Aug. 11, 1979. Father Mark D. Allen, and mother Elaine 
Francis Massey. 


Audry Massey Wiley Strain, bom to William Sewell 
Massey, and Sarah Francis Murray. Married June 12, 1961 
to James Strain in Collinsville, Oklahoma, later divorced. 
Married No. 2 A1 Funston. 

Children: Kelly Kathleen Strain, bom July 7, 1962 in 
Tulsa Okla; Karla Kristine Strain, born Dec. 15, 1963 in 



Waco Texas; Kimberly Karla Strain, born Sept. 8, 1965 in 
Waco Texas; Scott Strain, bom Aug. 15, 1969 in Waco 
Texas. 


Douglas ana Jan Massey, Shawn Collin, Tamara Dawn. 
DOUGLAS MASSEY 


Douglas Massey, bom Dec. 5, 1939 to Sarah Francis 
Murray and William Sewell Massey. Married Jean Vittiker 


Kelly Kathleen, Karla Kristine, Kimberly Kayla. 





Ercil and Alberta Murray Oaks 


ERCIL JOHN OAKS 

Ercil John Oaks, born July 1, 1912, in Vernal, Utah 
Uintah County, baptized Sept. 1948. Father Edwin Martin 
Oaks, and mother Goldie Lula Bates. Married June 1, 1935 
and endowed and sealed June 11, 1964 LAT. 

Alberta Murray, born July 14, 1915 in Jensen, Utah 
Uintah, County, baptized July 1924. Father Johnathan 
Moyes Murray, and mother Verlie Stewart. 

Children: Connie Jean, born April 10, 1936 in Vernal, 



Utah, baptized Aug. 1945. 

Belva Joy, born December 24, 1937 in Vernal, 
baptized Aug. 1945. 

Marva Kaye, bom October 19, 1939 in Vernal, 
baptized Sept. 1948. 

Dennis Eldon Oaks, August 12, 1944 in Vernal, 
baptized Aug. 1953. 

ALBERTA MURRAY OAKS 

I am the fourth daughter born to Verlie Arnold 
Stewart and Johnathan Moyes Murray on July 14, 1915 in 
Jensen, Utah. They gave me the name Alberta. My parents 
were kind loving and devoted beyond expression with all 
of us children, sharing the same love and affection for 
each grandchild. 

Among my memories as a child, I think often of the gifts 
my Mother gave to me. Materially I don’t have much from 
her, but precious gifts money cannot buy. I shall always be 
grateful for the wonderful woman who was my mother. 

I married Ercil John Oaks on June 1, 1935. A kind 
loving husband and father to our four children. It seems 
only yesterday, a few short years at the most, when we 
were enjoying the growing up years of our children. 
Church and school activities, baptisms, birthday parties, 
camping in the mountains. We all have a deep love and 
appreciation for the out of doors. 

I am grateful for my precious husband, children and 
grandchildren. For the love and happiness they have 
brought into my life. 

I appreciate the various positions I have held in the 
Church, especially in the Relief Society Presidency. I 
enjoyed the years I worked at the Uintah County Hospital 
and San Antonio Hospital in Upland, California. 

I shall always treasure the beautiful memories of 
being sealed to my husband for time and eternity in the 
Los Angeles Temple at the time Dennis was serving the 
Lord in the Mission field. This also brought us many 
spiritual blessings. 

Our children have beautiful children of their own, 
blessing us with eight grandsons and two granddaughters. 
They are very special to us. Our oldest grandson, Kirby 
King, married beautiful, talented Jacqui Marshall, giving 
us our first granddaughter-in-law. 

I have many cherished memories that I don’t have 
space for in this short biography being compiled for my 
journal. 

CONNIE OAKS 

Connie Oaks first daughter, bom to Alberta Murray 
and Ercil John Oakes on April 10, 1936 in Vernal, Utah. 

How can one be so richly rewarded in this life of 
being blessed with beautiful parents, grandparents, and 
great descendants as I and my family have? It is almost too 
much to have asked for. I have so many fond memories of 
my grandparents and their abundant love for me, of their 
homestead, plentiful with the riches of the land. Guiding 
the horse while Grandfather guided the plow, row after 
row, planting potatoes. Hiding in the cornfields, picking 


104 












James A. King and Connie Jean 


asparagas and buttercups along the ditch banks. 
Memories never forgotten and now related to my 
children, how it used to be when I was growing up. 

My grandparents then passed on their sweetness and 
goodness to my most precious mother, (who is an Angel in 
her own right) who in turn completed the cycle by 
choosing my kind and loving father to share her life with. 
Their union brought forth four children, my two sisters, 
brother and myself. 

We are a very affectionate, sensitive, hugging and 
kissing family as is my Mother’s. I thought every family 
was that way, until I ventured out into the world and 
found what we had in our family was very rare and 
precious. And each of us has our own treasured memories. 

I can still recall Mother making home made ice 
cream, setting it out in the snow to set. Making soap in a 
tub over a fire outside (which was very laborous I am sure) 
but I was very intrigued with the finished product. The 
creation and sewing up on short notice, a dress for a 
special date. And the one special memory goes way back 
to those special original pretend stories my Mother would 
tell us at bedtime or on a quiet afternoon. The race every 
morning between Daddy and one or all of us, seeing who 
could get their shoes on and tied first. And to make it even 
more exciting he would hide one shoe. 

Every weekend heading for those beautiful mountains 
whatever the season, for hunting, fishing and relaxation. 
The fantasies and thrills of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, 



James J. Timothy E. Gregory T. King 


and the Tooth Fairy, all so real at one time and now 
carried over to our children. Figments of imagination of a 
loving and active childhood. All provided by my parents 
whom I love so dearly, and I feel they are so perfect. 

I married my husband in 1956, and during our 
marriage we were blessed with three lovely boys. Jimmy 
and Tim have graduated from high school as honor 
students as well as being active in football and basketball. 
Both are now in college, and our youngest Greg is in the 
sixth grade. They are fine young men and I know I have 
contributed significantly because of the love and teaching 
instilled from my parents. Our fondest wish is that our 
children can say to their children the beautiful thoughts I 
have relayed of my life up to now that their memories are 
as touching as mine. 

Each time I read the history of my great-great- 
grandparents, I thrill to their courage and determination 
to reach this country. They gave up comfortable homes, 
struggling to survive in a strange and sometimes hostile 
land. 

There were only a few Mormons on the ship they 
sailed on. They were hated and abused because of this and 
their faith and belief in the restored Church of Jesus Christ 
of Latter-day Saints. 

The ship was blown off course in a bad storm, they 
ran out of food, the Captain was mean and beat his crew 
with chains. 

Husband: King, James A. Born January 25, 1930, 
Cedar Rapids, Neb. Married June 1, 1956. Father, King, 
Clarence E. and Mother, Toohey, Emma H. 

Wife, Oaks, Connie Jean. Born April 10, 1936, 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Married June 1, 1956. Father Oaks, 
Ercil John and Mother, Murray, Alberta. 

Children: James J. King, March 9, 1957, Casper, 
Natrona, Wyo. 

Timothy E. King, Jan. 16, 1961. Casper, Natrona, 
Wyo. 

Gregory T. King, Jan. 26, 1968, Lander, Fremont, 
Wyo. 




Lynne Neil King and Joy Oaks King 
JOYEOAKS 

Joye Oakes, born Dec. 24, 1937 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized August 1945 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 


105 







William T. and Marva Kaye Oaks Fleming. 
MARVA KAYE OAKS 

Marva Kaye Oaks, born Oct. 19, 1939 in Vernal, 
Utah. Daughter of Ercil John and Alberta Murray Oaks. 
Married William T. Flemming Feb. 10, 1960 in Vernal, 
Utah. They have two children, Michelle, bom Jan. 9, 1961 
in Rangely, Colorado, and Bradley, born Feb. 5, 1965 in 
Pasco, Washington. 


Dennis Eldon Oaks, Gloria Jean, Jeffery Blake, Stephanie, David 
Clement Oaks. 

DENNIS ELDON OAKS 

I was bom in Vernal, Utah on August 21, 1944 to 
Alberta Murray and Ercil John Oaks. Convinced by a 
mischievous uncle that I was an “Indian” baby, my three 
sisters (Connie, Joye, and Marva) were not as pleased 
about my arrival as they could have been. 

I was given the name of Dennis Eldon Oaks. Mom 
wanted to name me Ercil, after my father, but Dad would 
have none of it. I have always felt a special affection for 
my Uncle Eldon Oaks, whom I never knew but whose 
name became my own. Eldon was killed in France in 



Bradley Fleming Michell (Shelly) 


December of 1944 during World War II, about four 
months after my birth. 

I attended Central School, Ashley Valley Jr., High, 
and Uintah High School. I enjoyed participating in sports 
and clubs in high school and was the student body vice 
president my senior year. 

After graduating from high school in 1962,1 attended 
Weber State College where I was a member of the fresh¬ 
man basketball team. 

My father and I were both baptized and confirmed 
members of the LDS Church by my Uncle Wilber Murray 
on February 28, 1953. 

In September of 1963, I went on a mission to the 
“Central States.” I spent nearly all of my mission in various 
areas of Oklahoma including Cushing, Stillwater, Clinton, 
Oklahoma City, Duncan, Anadarko and Talequah. My 


106 











companions and I baptized 43 people during my mission, 
during my mission. 

Little did I know how much my mission would shape 
the years that followed. I shared snacks with a young lady 
missionary seated next to me on the train taking us to the 
Mission Home in Independence, Missouri. And while we 
were physically far apart throughout our missions, upon 
completion of my mission I began to date "Sister Clement” 
(Gloria Jean Clement) and married her in the Salt Lake 
Temple on November 19, 1965. 

That day was only the beginning of a five year period 
of major events in my life. On July 12, 1967 I became a 
father and we named her Stephanie. I graduated from the 
University of Utah in 1968 and then, in repeat fashion, 
became a father for the second time and got my master's 
degree from the University of Utah, both in 1970. We 
named our new son, David. 

I taught school for one year (1969-70) at Churchill Jr. 
High in Salt Lake City. A highlight of that year was 
coaching the school basketball team to the Salt Lake 
Valley Basketball Championship with an undefeated 
record. I remember those boys well. 

I was accepted by Oregon State University for 
postgraduate study and Gloria and I took our two small 
children and a few possessions and hit the “Oregon Trail”. 
Some of our fondest memories are of the seven years we 
spent in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We made many 
lifetime friendships in Corvallis, Oregon and Vancouver, 
Washington, where I was employed. 

In October 1977 we returned to Salt Lake City where 
I work for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in it’s 
Utah State Office as an environmental specialist. 

On April 2, 1978, Jeffrey Blake was bom, rounding 
out the Oaks family to five members. 



Verlie Murray Gifford 


CARL EINOR CHRISTENSEN 

Carl Einor Christensen, born March 3, 1901 in Molen, 
Emery, Utah. Baptized July 3, 1910. Married Dec. 17, 1935 
in Duchesne, Duchesne, Utah. Father, Carl Christian 



Verlie and Einor Christensen. 


Christensen, and mother, Ane Kirstine Jensine Nielsen. 

Wife (1) Verlie Murray, born May 29, 1918 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1931. Endowed Sept. 16, 
1978. Died April 7, 1977 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Buried 
April 11, 1977 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father, Johnathan 
Moyes Murray, and mother, Verlie Arnold Stewart. Other 
husbands: (2) Oct. 4, 1952 to Maurice Lee Gifford (div.) 

Children: 

Carma Rae Christensen, born Oct. 12, 1937 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 7, 1947, endowed Aug. 22, 
1955 SL, and married August 22, 1955 to Theron Paul 
Robb. 

Lois Joan Christensen, bom Aug. 15, 1938 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 7, 1947, and married July 10, 
1958 to Kyle Emerson Dudley I. 

Karleen Rose Christensen, born Oct. 18, 1941 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Nov. 15, 1952, endowed 
Sept. 16, 1977 SL, and married Dec. 21, 1961 to Robert 
Donald Keefer. 

Maynard “J” Christensen, born June 18, 1944 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized July 5, 1953, endowed 
May 4, 1976 SL, and married Dec. 15, 1962 to Sara Hope 
Ruybal (div.) Married (2) Delores Broadhead Sept. 20, 
1968. 

CARMA RAE CHRISTENSEN ROBB 

Carma Rae Christensen Robb, daughter and first 
bom, to Carl Einor Christensen and Verlie Murray, 
October 12, 1937 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah at the Hatch 
home. 

I have lived most of my life in and around the Uintah 
Basin except for one year in Rangely, Colorado and two 
and a half years in Willows, California. I graduated from 
Altamont High School at Altamont, Duchesne, Utah in 


107 





Carma and Theron Robb with Derek Paul, Vickie Rae, Michael, 
and Stephen Eaner. 

May 1955. I met and married Theron Paul Robb of Farm 
Creek, Uintah, Utah on August 22, 1955 in the Salt Lake 
Temple. After several moves we bought our home on 3097 
Grace St. Salt Lake City, Utah in 1963. We attended the 
Canyon Rim Second Ward. We then moved to Neola, 
Utah and bought the Loren Cloward, place, March 1976, 
and are presently living here. We have four children, a 
son, Michael Theron bom in Salt Lake Dec. 10, 1956, a 
daughter, Vickie Rae born in Roosevelt, Utah, Dec. 2, 
1958, a son, Stephen Einer, born in Salt Lake, Sept. 8, 
1962, a son, Derek Paul, born in Salt Lake City, June 2, 
1977. 

Thereon and I have been really active in the Church 
the last twenty years. He has been a teacher in the YMLA, 
Sunday School, President of the MIA, in the Scouting 
program, 2nd counselor of the Neola II Ward and is now 
second counselor of the High Priests Quorum. I have held 
positions as a teacher in the Sunday School, MIA, den 
mother, and presently I am teaching in Relief Society. I 
have a very strong testimony of the gospel and am very 
proud to be a part of the Murray descendants. May God 
continue to bless this great posterity. 

MICHAEL THERON ROBB 


Michael Theron and Kelly Jayne Robb, Emmie Jayne, 


Michael Theron Robb, born to Theron Paul Robb 
and Carma Rae Christensen on Dec. 10, 1955 in Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. Graduated from Skyline High 
School Salt Lake City. An eagle scout and very active in 
Church. President of the Deacons, Teachers and Priests 
Quorum. Served a mission to Kobe, Japan 1976 to 1978. 
Met and married Kelly Jayne Eldredge of Neola, Utah in 
the Salt Lake Temple, Jan. 26, 1979. Born from this union, 
a daughter, March 7, 1980 and given the name Jayne 
Robb. 

Both Mike and Kelly love the gospel and do whatever 
the Lord asks them to. Mike is presently teaching the 18- 
year-olds and preparing them for missions and also is first 
counselor of the Elders Quorum. Attended the University 
of Utah. Kelly has taught MIA and has played the piano in 
Sunday School and leads music. She attended BYU and 
teaches dance. Buying a home in Neola, Utah and plan on 
making their home there. 


Vickie Rae, and Cameron “G” and Chaton Rae, Eldredge. 


VICKIE RAE ROBB ELDREDGE 


Vickie Rae Robb Eldredge, born Dec. 2, 1958 to 
Theron Paul Robb and Carma Rae Christensen in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah. Graduated from Union High 
School in Roosevelt, with high honors. Attended BYU. 
Met and married Cameron G. Eldredge of Neola, Utah in 
the Salt Lake Temple, Oct. 12, 1978. We have a beautiful 


rnmtmmmmamimmmim 






daughter, born Nov. 19, 1979 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah, 
named Chaton Rae Eldredge. Vickie has played the piano 
for Junior Sunday School and led the music for Jr. Sunday 
School and primary. Is presently teaching Jr. Sunday 
School. Both Vickie and Cameron have very strong 
testimonies of the gospel and serve where called. Making 
their home in Neola, Utah. 

CAMERON “G" ELDREDGE 

Cameron “G” Eldredge, bom Aug. 22, 1957 in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah. Baptized Sept. 4, 1965, en¬ 
dowed Aug. 16, 1976 SL and sealed Oct. 12, 1978 SL. 
Married Oct. 12, 1978 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. 
Father Gordon Reed Eldredge, and mother, Deanne Janet 
Asay. 

Wife Vickie Rae Robb, born Dec. 2, 1958 in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah. Baptized Jan. 28, 1967, en¬ 
dowed Oct. 12, 1978, and sealed Oct. 12, 1978 SL. Father, 
Theron Paul Robb, and mother, Carma Rae Christensen. 

Children: Chaton Rae Edlredge, born Nov. 19, 1979 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 



Lois Joan and Kyle Emerson I. Lynda Joan, Kyle Emerson II, and 
Paul Eric Dudley. 


KYLE EMERSON DUDLEY I 

Kyle Emerson Dudley, I, bom April 21, 1936 in 
Denver, Denver, Colorado. Married July 10, 1958 in 
Denver, Denver, Colorado. Baptized Feb. 16, 1958. 
Father, Leon Emerson Dudley, and mother, Marie Keil. 

Wife, Lois Joan Christensen, born, Aug. 15, 1939 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 7, 1947. Father, Carl 
Einor Christensen, and mother, Verlie Murray. 

Children: 

Kyle Emerson Dudley II, born July 30, 1957, in 
National City, San Diego, Calif. Baptized Sept. 26, 1970. 

Lynda Joan Dudley, bom Feb. 14, 1961 in Denver, 
Denver, Colo. Baptized Sept. 26, 1970. 

Paul Eric Dudley, bom Nov. 20, 1963 in Denver, 
Denver, Colo. 



Karleen Rose and Robert Donald Keefer, Robert "Scott", David 
Willman. and Pamela Lynn. 


ROBERT DONALD KEEFER 

Robert Donald Keefer, bom April 10, 1939, in San 
Francisco, San Mateo, California. Baptized Feb. 4, 1963, 
endowed Sept. 16, 1977, SL and sealed Sept. 1977, SL. 
Married Dec. 20, 1961 in Glasgow, Valley, Montana. 
Father, William Chester Keefer, and mother, Sarah Anne 
Taylor. Other wives: Rachel Darlene Kirk (div.) 

Wife, Christensen, Karleen Rose, born Oct. 18, 1941, 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father, Carl Einor Christensen 
and mother, Verlie Murray. 

Children: 

David William Keefer, born May 13, 1962 in Glasgow 
AFB Valley, Montana. Baptized, Nov. 28, 1970 and sealed 
to parents Sept. 16, 1977 SL. 

Pamela Lynn Keefer, bom April 9, 1963 in Glasgow 
AFB Valley, Montana. Baptized April 1, 1972 and sealed 
to parents Sept. 16, 1977 SL. 

Robert “Scott" Keefer, born April 14, 1974 in Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Sealed to parents Sept. 16, 
1977 SL. 

KARLEEN ROSE 

Karleen Rose, daughter of Einor and Verlie Murray 
Christensen, bom Oct. 18, 1941 in Vernal, Utah. Baptized 


109 











Nov. 15, 1952. Married Robert Donald Keefer Dec. 21, 
1961. 

We have been blessed with three wonderful children. 
David, our oldest, born May 13, 1962 in Glasgow, 
Montana, Valley Co., we named David William. He is 
working toward a mission within the year. He just this year 
graduated from high school and won a scholarship in his 
art work class. 

Pamela Lynn, born April 9, 1963, also an honor 
student, loves drama, would like to serve a mission, and is 
living for a temple marriage. They both would like to 
attend BYU. 

Robert Scott, born April 14, 1974, Salt Lake City, is 
now six years old and enjoys Primary and Sunday School, 
and says he wants to go on a mission, too. 

On Sept. 16, 1977, Bob made me his eternal 
sweetheart and we were sealed with our children for time 
and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Bob is now a 
second counselor in Sunday School and a home teacher. 
He has also served as a Cub Scout Master. 

Bob is a convert to the church. He was born April 10, 
1939 in San Francisco, Calif. San Mateo Co. to William 
Chester and Sarah Ann Taylor Keefer. Bob was baptized 
Feb. 4, 1963, David was baptized Nov. 28, 1970, and 
Pamela was baptized April 1, 1972. 

We know that this is the true gospel, and that God lives 
and guides us. Happiness is having a family and sharing 
the gospel with each other. We are God’s children and 
hope some day to live with him again. 

MAYNARD J. CHRISTENSEN 

Maynard J. Christensen, born June 18, 1944 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized July 5, 1953, endowed May 4, 1976 
SL, and sealed May 4, 1976 SL. Married Sept. 20, 1968 in 
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Father Carl Einor 
Christensen, and mother, Verlie Murray. Other wives: (1) 
Sara Hope Ruybal (Div. Feb. 24, 1968). 

Wife: (2) Delores Broadhead, bom July 14, 1959, in 
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Jan. 29, 1959, 
sealed May 4, 1976 SL, and endowed May 4, 1976 SL. 
Father, William Earl Broadhead, and mother, Beulah 
Cooper. 

Children: 

Chad Maynard Christensen, born Aug. 22, 1974 in 
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Sealed to parents May 4, 
1976. 

Marisa Lynn Christensen, born March 28, 1978 in 
Bountiful, Davis, Utah. Sealed to parents Oct. 10, 1978 SL. 

I am the fourth child of Einor Carl Christensen and 
Verlie Murray, bom June 18, 1944 in Vernal, Utah, and 
the youngest of four children. I have three older sisters, 
Carma, Lois, and Karleen. 

When I was about 5 years old my parents were 
divorced. I went with my father, along with my sisters, 
Carma and Lois. My youngest sister, Karleen went with 
my mother. Mother moved away and eventually married 
Maurice Gifford. They were divorced in 1976. Mother 
died suddenly of a heart attack on April 7,1977. 

My father was a sheep herder. Therefore, he was 

v J 



Maymard and Delores Christensen, Chad Maynard, Marisa Lynn 


gone a lot and we lived with Aunts and Uncles to go to 
school. I always spent my summer vacations with Dad at 
sheep camp. My sister, Lois, usually did, also. This was 
always such an enjoyable time for me. I learned so much 
from my Dad during these times. We had a lot of fun 
catching and riding horses and just being together. 

While I was living with my Aunt Millie (Dad's sister) 
in California, I was baptized a member of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a lake outside town. 

When I was 16, I went to Denver, Colorado to live 
with Mother and Stepfather for a short time. 

Then I returned to Utah, where I met and married my 
first wife, Sara Hope Ruybal, on December 15, 1961. Sara 
and I had one child, a daughter, Patti Jean, bom May 4, 
1964. Sara and I were later divorced. 

I joined the U.S. Army in 1966, where I spent two 
years, one of which was serving in the Vietnam War. In 
1968 I was released from active duty with an honorable 
discharge. 

While I was home on leave from the Army, I met my 
present wife, Delores Broadhead, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
We corresponded during the remainder of time I was in 
the Army, and upon my discharge, we were married on 
September 20, 1968. 

Delores and I have been blessed with two beautiful 
children: A son, Chad, born August 22, 1974; and, a 


110 







daughter, Marisa, born March 28, 1978. . 

On May 4, 1976,1 was able to take my wife and Chad 
to the Salt Lake Temple to be sealed together as an eternal 
family. This was such a wonderful, spiritual experience — 
one which I shall never forget. Then, on October 10, 1978, 
we were able to return to the Salt Lake Temple to have 
Marisa sealed to us. At that moment I knew that the Lord 
had blessed me with all that really matters in life — a wife 
and family and a chance to be together for all eternity. 



Wilbur J. and Mary Powers Murray 


WILBER J. MURRAY 


Wilber J. Murray, bom Aug. 10, 1920 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 6, 1933, endowed April 28, 
1955, and sealed April 28, 1955. Married June 7, 1943. 
Father, Johnathan Moyes Murray, and mother, Verlie 
Arnold Stewart. 

Wife, Mary Elizabeth Powers, born June 28, 1922. 
Baptized May 6, 1950, endowed April 28, 1955, and sealed 
April 28, 1955. Father, John William Powers, and mother 
Nomel Mae DeBoie. 

As I think of many things for good that has come 
forth in my life, I am ever grateful, especially as Nephi 
expressed it: "I was born of goodly parents” in Jensen, 
Utah, Uintah County, August 10, 1920, which I honor and 
revere with all the love that is possible. 

I have wonderful brothers and sisters which are very 
dear to me and I love them for what they mean to me. I 
have a wonderful and beautiful companion that I met 
while in the service of my country which has blessed our 
home and my life very much, Mary Elizabeth Powers. On 
June 7, 1943 we were married in Tacoma, Washington. 
One of the great blessings that came into our lives was 
when Mary was converted to the gospel of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized in 1952. 
She helped me back into activity in the church and on 
April 28, 1955, we were sealed for Time and all Eternity in 
the Salt Lake Temple. 

I had been a member of the Church since August 6, 
1933 when I was baptized in the Green River at Jensen by 
Brother Angus Merrill and confirmed August 7, 1933 by 
Brother Alton Peterson. I had the Aaronic Priesthood 
conferred upon me and was ordained to the office of a 


teacher at that time. Before my activity back in the 
Church, I didn't know how much spirituality and the need 
for my Heavenly Father I had missed. 

Sunday was like any other day for me because I had 
tost sight of what that day August 6, 1933 had meant to me 
in the returning to eternal blessings with God, the Father 
and His Son, Jesus Christ. We lived in Vernal Second 
Ward at this time and Philip Watkins was the bishop. I 
went and had a talk with him and told him I needed to 
repent of things in my life and do the things the Savior, 
Jesus Christ, would have me do. 

I was ordained a priest on March 26, 1950 by Ralph 
A. Bryson. March 30, 1952, the Melchizedek Priesthood 
was conferred upon me and I was ordained to the office of 
Elder. On December 2, 1956 I was ordained a High Priest 
by Spencer W. Kimball, an Apostle who is now the 
president of the Church. 

My line of Authority: Wilbur J. Murray was ordained 
a High Priest Dec. 2, 1956 by Spencer W. Kimball — 
Spencer W. Kimball was ordained an apostle Oct. 7, 1943 
by Heber J. Grant — Heber J. Grant was ordained an 
aposle, Oct. 16, 1882 by George Q. Cannon — George Q. 
Cannon was ordained an apostle by Brigham Young — 
Brigham Young was ordained an apostle Feb. 14, 1835 
under the hands of the Three Witnesses, Oliver Cowdrey, 
David Whitmer and Martin Harris. The three witnesses 
were called by revelation to choose the Twelve Apostles 
and on Feb. 14, 1835 were blessed by the laying on of 
hands of the Presidency, Joseph Smith, Jr., Sidney Rigdon 
and Frederick G. Williams to ordain the Twelve Apostles 
— (Hist, of the Church vol. 2) Joseph Smith Jr. and Oliver 
Cowdery received the Melchizedek Priesthood under the 
hands of Peter, James and John — Peter, James and John 
were ordained apostles by the Lord, Jesus Christ. (John 
15). 

I served as Sunday School president, president of the 
Young Men's Organization, Sunday School teacher and as 
Bishop of Vernal Fourth Ward. 

We moved to Springfield, Mo., April, 1960, as moved 
upon by the Holy Spirit, to help build up His Kingdom 
here. I served as Branch President here for four years, as 
District President, eleven years, two years as first 
counselor to Bishop Michael Welch, Springfield Ward. 
My patriarchal blessing promised I would set in council 
with my brethren. What a great blessing and privilege this 
has been with such great men. My cup runneth over — My 
prayer is to remain faithful to the end. 

Wilbur J. Murray 
Star Rt 1 Box 32 
Highlandville, Mo 65669 

RAY EDWARD ADAMS 

Ray Edward Adams, bom May 14, 1916 in East 
Garland, Box Elder, Utah. Married April 25, 1942 in Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nevada. Baptized Nov. 2, 1924, endowed 
July 28, 1976 and sealed to wife July 28, 1976, IF. Father, 
Byron Lewis Adams, and mother, Nora Velma Adamson. 

Wife, Elizabeth Murray, bom Feb. 10, 1923 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Father, Johnathan Moyes Murray, and 


111 




Ray E. Adams and Elizabeth Adams and Maxe. 


mother Verlie Arnold Stewart. Baptized Aug. 6, 1933, 
endowed July 28,1976 and sealed July 28, 1976, IF. 

Children, Max E. Adams, bom Nov. 3, 1942 in St. 
George, Wash., Utah. Baptized Nov. 3, 1951. 

ELIZABETH (BETH) MURRAY ADAMS 

I was the seventh child bom to Johnathan Moyes and 
Verlie Stewart Murray; on February 10, 1923 in Jensen, 
' Utah. My dad told me that I had picked the coldest night 
of the year, as it was 40 degrees below zero; and, he had to 
go out into the cold and bring a mid wife to our home. 

Jensen was a small town and it was so much fun 
growing up there. I attended the Jensen grade school and 
it was such a happy time. I still have close friendships with 
my old school friends. 

We didn't have much in the way of worldly things; 
but, we were a close and loving family. My father and 
mother had lots of love for their children. My grand¬ 
mother Stewart was sick a lot and I had to stay with her. I 
would get so lonely for my family that I would walk three 
miles twice a week to see them for just a little while and 
then had to walk back to grandmother Stewart's before 
dark. 

When I was in the seventh grade, we sold our home 
and moved to Vernal. I thought this was great because 
there were more stores and a movie house. Up until this 
time we didn’t see many movies as it was fifteen miles 
from my home in Jensen to the movie house and so wasn't 
very easy to get there. 

When I graduated from high school, I went to Salt 
Lake City. I worked and saved enough money to go to Los 
Angeles to visit a school girlfriend. I spent two weeks with 
her and saw a lot of the big city. On my way home, I 
stopped in Las Vegas. There I worked as a waitress; met, 
and married Ray E. Adams. We lived there a few years. 
Then, in 1947, we moved to Blackfoot, Idaho where his 
family lived. 

Idaho is a beautiful state. We love to fish and camp 
out. Ray is good fishing for Salmon. We were in business 
for many years. We own a beautiful home. My husband is 
retired now. My son and his dear wife and lovely 
daughters live close by and are a great joy to us. Ray’s 
father is 90 years old and lives with us. We went to the 


Idaho Falls Temple July 28, 1976. Ray is an Elder and is 
active in the home teaching program. I still work at the 
American Potato Plant as a state inspector. I teach the 
visiting message and am a Relief Society Visiting Teacher. 



Max E., Helen, Jennifer. Natalie and Denise Adams. 


MAX E. ADAMS 

Max E. Adams, bom Nov. 3, 1942 in St. George, 
Wash., Utah. Baptized Nov. 3, 1957. Married May 19, 1962 
in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho. Father, Ray Edward 
Adams, and mother, Elizabeth Murray. 

Wife, Helen Hatch, born May 8, 1941 in Moreland, 
Bingham, Idaho. Baptized June 4, 1949. Father, Russell 
Hatch, and mother. Merle Hatch. 

Children: 

Denise Adams, bom Mar. 2, 1963 in Westminster, 
Orange, California. Baptized March 6, 1971. 

Natalie Adams, born June 6, 1966 in Slidell, Parish, 
La. Baptized July 6, 1974. 

Jennifer Rae Adams, bom Feb. 18, 1974 in Blackfoot, 
Bingham, Idaho. 

I was born in St. George, Utah, to Ray Edward 
Adams and Elizabeth Murray Adams. We moved to Las 
Vegas, Nevada for about four years where I went to 
school. Through high school I got interested in stock car 
racing and won a lot of trophies with my “Green 
Machine.” 

After I graduated from high school, I went to Salt 
Lake City to Utah Trade Tech where I studied electronics. 
While living there I married my high school sweetheart. 

After graduating from Trade Tech, the school placed 
me on a job in Anaheim, California at the North American 
Aviation. We stayed there for three years. Our first child 
was bom there March 1963. The company was sending 
some employees to the south where they were opening a 
new plant. We were sent to Stedell, Louisiana. I worked 
on the Minute Man Defense System and test tried the 
rocket they sent to the moon. We stayed there for over a 
year. It was very exciting. We lived through Hurricane 
Betsy. Our second daughter was bom in June 1966. 



■ 

H 

w 

n 

I 

'2K 

jR 

i" 


1 


1 

m 


1 

I 


1 


< 


% 







112 






Then I was transferred to Arco, Idaho; just outside of 
Blackfoot; at the Atomic Energy site. Helen and I and our 
three lovely daughters live at Riverside where we bought a 
small farm and started to raise pigs. We have lived here for 
about 10 years, where I have kept busy working at the 
plant and raising pigs. We almost were swept away by the 
big flood that came down Snake River when the dam 
broke. We had to get big trucks to move our pigs; but, 
outside of our home being badly damaged, we got through 
it without too much loss. Mother and dad took us in until 
we could get settled again. We have it all repaired and 
hope to live many more happy years here. 



Erma M„ Gary M.. Jodie. Everett.Debra and Kelly Dean 


EVERETT HUGHES GOODRICH 

Everett Hughes Goodrich, bom Sept. 19, 1924 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Nov. 26, 1932, endowed 
June 11, 1964, and sealed to parents June 11, 1964 SL. 
Father, Birchell Remington Goodrich, and mother, 
Georgia Ann Hughes (Gardiner). Married Dec. 11, 1946. 
Other wives: Mathel Merkley (div) March 21, 1946. 

Wife, (2) Erma Murray, born Sept. 5, 1926 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized May 1, 1937, endowed June 11, 
1964 and sealed to husband June 11, 1964 SL. Other 
husbands: (1) Claude Nelson Hatch married Aug. 14, 1944 
(div) Jan. 28, 1946. Father, Johnathan Moyes Murray, and 
mother, Verlie Arnold Stewart. 

Children: 

Kelly Dean Goodrich, born May 14, 1946 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 5, 1955, and sealed to parents 
June 11, 1964 SL. Married July 16, 1966 to Rita Lucille 
Workman. 

Gary M. Goodrich, bom Feb. 16, 1948 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 25,1956 and sealed to parents 
June 11, 1964 SL. Married May 27, 1966 to Susan Carrell. 

Debra Goodrich, bom July 25, 1950 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 2, 1958, and sealed to parents 
June 11, 1964 SL. Married May 27, 1966 to Kent Me- 
Carrall. 

Jodie Goodrich, bom Jan. 28, 1956 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized Feb. 29, 1964, and sealed to parents June 
11, 1964 SL. Married Jan. 21, 1978 to Robert Douglas 
Miller. 



Erma and Elmer Casada 
ERMA MURRAY 


I am a daughter of Johnathan Moyes and Verlie 
Arnold Stewart Murray, bom on September 5, 1926 in 
Jensen, Utah, Uintah County. 

I went to school there until I was starting the fifth 
grade. We moved to Vernal where I finished my 
schooling. 

I loved to sing as a young girl. I sang in the school 
operettas and every amateur show under Karl Emgar. I 
remember well my first permanent from Mrs. Calder and 
my store bought dress to sing in my first high school 
operetta. 

My childhood was a happy one, being the baby girl, 
and having six older sisters and one older brother, I'm sure 
I pretty well got my way. 

We were taught love and respect for our parents and 
for each other. That love grows with each passing year. 

I married Everett Hughs Goodrich on December 11, 
1946 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our marriage was sealed in the 
Salt Lake Temple on June 11, 1964. 

We have two sons and two daughters. Kelly Dean, 
Gary M., Debra and Jodie. They are all married and have 
beautiful families of their own. I have nine grandchildren. 

I have served in the presidency of all the church 
auxiliaries. I was a visiting teacher for twenty years, and 
am still enjoying this calling. 

Divorced. 

Married Elmer Lamont Casada on July 14, 1968. 

KELLY DEAN GOODRICH 

Kelly was bom on May 14, 1946 in Vernal, Utah. 

Kelly married Lucille Workman on July 16, 1966. She 
is the daughter of Mary Edna Perrine and William Wayne 
Workman, born September 18, 1946 in Salt Lake City, 
Utah. 

They have three children. Kristen Dawn, born June 
23, 1967 in Roosevelt, Utah; Kelly Dean, Jr., bom July 13, 
1970 in Roosevelt, Utah; Kasey Darin, bom October 29, 
1974 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. 

The son of Everett Hughs Goodrich and Erma 
Murray, I grew up in Vernal and attended grade schools 


113 








Boyd and Keitha Murray, Diana, Michiel. (Richard Scott, in¬ 
sert) 


BOYD MURRAY 

I am Boyd Murray, the tenth child of Jonathan Moyes 
and Verlie Stewart Murray, born February 19, 1932. My 
early life was spent in Jensen and then in Naples. My youth 
was filled with lots of love and hard work. My dad was 
always with us boys, to guide us and give us good, sound 
advise and council. It seems like I was always able to find 
work and was so glad to share what little I made with my 
dear Mother and Dad. 

When I was about 18 years old, a couple of my friends 
and I decided to go to San Diego to live and work. We 
learned a lot, being on our own, and have many good 
memories of our times together. 

In December of 1952, I decided it was time to get 
married. As my sweetheart had moved to Casper, 
Wyoming it was necessary for me to call long distance to 
pop the question. She said yes and so I married Keitha 
Nelson, daughter of Isaac and Flora Cladwell Nelson, on 
the 26th of December 1952, at the home of her Aunt Eva 
Hatch in Vernal. 

We lived in Vernal for a few months, then moved to 
Nebraska. We didn’t care for the country or climate so we 
moved back to Casper where Keitha’s mother was living. 
Our three children were all born in Casper. Michial Boyd, 
born January 14, 1955; Dianna Lynne, born July 25, 1957, 
and Richard Scott, bom October 27, 1959. 

When Rick was five weeks old, we moved to Black- 
foot, Idaho to be near my sister, Beth and to go into 
business with her husband — Ray Adams. I eventually 
bought him out and had that service station for 15 years 
until ill health forced me to sell. 

We bought our home in the country 13 years ago so I 
could raise some horses and cows. Keitha has been active 
in the Junior Sunday School and assistant coordinator for 
the last four years. She really enjoys this position as she 
loves the little children very much. We enjoy Dianna and 
Steve living so close to us. It enables us to see our only 
granddaughter and we enjoy her so. Michial is back home 
with us again after spending 8 years in school for the 


Retarded children in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He did so very 
well, winning gold medals in his swimming and track and 
field events on the state level. He also won 2 silver medals 
at the World Special Olympics held in Michigan in 1975. 
Rick is serving a mission for the Lord in the London 
England East Mission. He loves his work and is very 
happy. From all reports he is doing a very good job. We 
are so very proud, but will be glad when he comes home in 
December 1980. 



Steve and Diana Smyth, Joan 


DIANA LYNN MURRAY 

Diana Lynn Murray, daughter of Boyd and Keitha 
Nelson Murray, born July 25, 1952 Casper, Wyoming. 
Married Stephen Schmidt Nov. 15, 1975 Blackfoot, Idaho. 

Steve’s home is in Fort Hall, Idaho and we lived there 
for three and a half years. Our little daughter was bom in 
Pocatello on her great-grandmother Murray's birthday, 
Feb. 18, 1979. We named her Jonee Lynn. 

In November 1979 we moved to Blackfoot Idaho, 
where we are buying our home and are both employed. 



Franklin Dee, and Jo Ann Murray 


FRANKLIN DEE MURRAY 

Franklin Dee Murray, son of Johnathan Moyes and 
Verlie Stewart Murray, born Aug. 21, 1934 in Jensen, 
Utah, baptized April 28, 1945. Married Jo Ann York, June * 
20, 1953, daughter of Leo York and Hilda Mathel Oaks, 
(div.) Married (2) Lois Prost Nov. 22, 1967. 


116 







Children: 

Leslie Dee, born March 31, 1954 in Vernal, Utah, 
married Karl Sempsrott, Oct. 4, 1975 in Anderson, In¬ 
diana, son of Robert Sempsrott and Helen Frederick. 

Tracey, born Dec. 1, 1956 in Vernal, Utah, married 
Keith Danner, 1974, in Huntington Beach, California. 

Kathleen, born Nov. 28, 1959, in Vernal, Utah. 
Married June 7, 1980 to David Rodriguez, Garden Grove, 
Calif. 


Utah. Father, Franklin Dee Murray, and mother Jo Ann 
York. 

Husband, Keith Danner, born March 19, 1954. 
Married 1974 in Huntington Beach, California. 

Children: 

Catrina Laree, born May 16, 1974 in Redondo Beach, 
California. 

Keith Danner, Jr., born Feb. 11, 1979 in Pomerado, 
California. 

FRANKLIN DEE MURRAY 

Franklin Dee Murray, born August 1934 in Vernal, 
Utah, Uintah County. Father, Johnathan Moyes Murray, 
and mother Verlie Stewart. Married (1) Joan York, June 
20, 1953. Div. August 18, 1959. Married (2) Lois M. Prost, 
Nov. 26. 1967. 

Children, adopted: 

Linda Murray, bom Jan. 14, 1962 in Renton 
Washington. 

Melody Murray, bom August 1963 in Renton 
Washington. 


Johnny and Patsy Murray 


Tracey Murray Danner, Keith Danner Jr. 

Catrina Laree. 

TRACY MURRAY 

Tracy Murray, bom Dec. 1, 1956 in Vernal, Uintah, 


Karl and Leslie Sempsrott. Ty Michael, Brett Alan 


Tiffnie Noel 


Page Nell Murray 


LESLIE MURRAY 


Leslie Murray, born March 31, 1954, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to JoAnn York and Franklin Dee Murray. 
Married Karl Sempsrott Oct. 4, 1975. There have been 
two children born to them: 

1. Ty Michael Sempsrott, bom Nov. 5, 1977. 

2. Brett Alan Sempsrott, bom May 8, 1979. 


Johnny Moyes Murray, bom Jan. 9, 1937 in Jensen, 
Utah. Baptized April 28, 1945. Married August 11, 1956. 
Father, Jonathon Moyes Murray, and mother, Verlie 
Stewart. 

Wife, Patsy Wynell Pennell. 

Children: 

1. Page Nell Murray, born Oct. 14, 1962. 

2. Tiffnie Noel Murray, born April 25, 1964. 


JOHNNY MOYES MURRAY 











JOHN MURRAY AND 
MARY ASHBY MURRAY 
BIOGRAPHIES 


JOHN MURRAY 
by Douglas Murray 

John Murray was born in Melrose Parish, Roxburgh 
County, Scotland on June 20, 1814. For those readers 
familiar with existing genealogical data, it will be im¬ 
mediately apparent that the birthplace I have stated is at 
variance with those sources. I base my premise on several 
key points. Firstly, John faithfully swore on no less than 
three occasions (twice to complete records of the Church 
Historian’s Biographies of Seventies and once at the time 
of his ordinance work in the Endowment House) that he 
was born in Galashiels, Roxburghshire, Scotland. It will at 
first appear that I have made an error — that these are 
incontrovertible facts. But a close examination of a 
Lowlands map reveals that Galashiels is in Selkir County 
and not in Roxburghshire. 

Having lived in England for several years myself, I am 
keenly aware of the average Briton's allegiance to his 
county of ancestral and home ties. Assuming that John 
was not basically different than his countrymen in this 
regard, it is more probable that he would purposely 
misinform someone about his little known birthplace 
(Melrose is hardly known out of its adjacent district) and 
in its stead declare a larger town that anyone from f 
Scotland or with a Scottish map could relate to. In his 
declaration of birth, however, he could never disclaim 
Roxburghshire as his home county, but instead began a 
village and county statement combination that would 
satisfy all interested parties. 

Secondly, the family had been living in or around 
Melrose since David Murray came down from Stow in 
1753. David’s children were born across the River Tweed 
in Drygrange, and one of them, David Junior, raised his 
family there as well. And in turn, one of these sons named 
Andrew must have also resided in the parish of his fathers. 

We know little of John’s father except what he told us 
of him. In Scottish genealogy it is not unusual to find 
sketchy data within parish registers due to the nature of 
their authorship. For example, if Andrew had become 
disaffected with the Parish Vicar it would have become 
difficult for him to get his marriage solemnized or to have 
his children christened in that parish. Or if the young 
couple could not afford to pay the several shillings “to the 
poor,” they would simply forego the ceremonies of 
marriage and christening and live outside of the Vicar and 
his records. As a result, there is much missing from parish 
registers — I believe that Andrew Murray and his family 
became victims of this unfortunate situation. 


Thirdly, although the parish records note nothing 
relating to the life of John’s father, it does record that his 
mother died in Melrose. If you consider the fact that she 
died of “declining health” when John was only one and a 
half years old, it would be safe to assume that she had 
been in the area since John’s birth. If she had been there 
then John also was either in or very near Melrose during 
his early years. 

And lastly, John’s declarations of his birthplace being 
in Galaxhiels are quite in order considering that they were 
made several thousand miles from the place in question. I 
would speculate that it became his habit while in the 
British Army to reply to inquirires of his birthplace with 
an answer his fellow Scots could recall seeing, passing 
through, or hearing about. Since Melrose is such a tiny 
village and Galashiels (which lies four miles westward and 
is much larger) would be known by more of his 
comrades, he came to use the latter as his standard reply. 

In keeping with this same thread of logic, consider 
what his children submitted to the author of Pioneers and 
Prominent Men of Utah prior to its publication. In the 
brief paragraph highlighting John’s life, he is credited as 
having been born in Edinburgh (which lies thirty miles to 
the northwest). Just as Melrose meant nothing to his 
fellow soldiers or to those who whom he later associated, 
he declared his birth in the largest nearby town; so also 
did Galashiels mean nothing to his American-born 
children who proceeded to declare his birth in the largest 
nearby city. 

The second major discrepancy which must be cleared 
up has to do with his parentage. For the early genealogist 
it became quite an easy task to match up a child with a 
parent simply because the names were the same, and 
therefore there exists several Family Group records and 
the current edition of Pioneers and Prominent Men of 
Utah with errors in them. John’s parents were Andrew 
Murray and Elizabeth Elliot as attested to by the fact that 
he declared so on the same three separate occasions listed 
in footnotes 1, 2, and 3. I personally hold this as in¬ 
contestable evidence, and refute any contradictory 
pedigrees. j 

There exists documentation, however, which would 
indicate that John was raised by his grandmother, 
Christian Murray. Three facts bear out this conclusion. 
Firstly, John’s mother died in January of 1816 and the 
eighteen month old child had to be cared for by another 
adult. Secondly, John joined the army in 1827 when only 
thirteen and a half years old. Thirdly, John’s pay record 


118 






did not list a parent as next of kin. When these disjointed 
facts are pieced together it becomes apparent that upon 
the death of Elisabeth, Andrew gave the infant to his 
mother, Christian, because he had work committments 
that precluded his raising the child. As John grew without 
the special kind of love that only a parent can bestow, it 
was easy for him to leave home at that early age and join 
the army. Once in His Majesties service, however, he 
made compensation to his loving grandmother by making 
her his beneficiary. 

Proceeding with the assumption that young John was 
raised with his grandmother, his adolescent behavior 
becomes quite predictable. He fell heir to a socio¬ 
economic future that was bleak at best. Even if his 
grandmother was not impoverished, coin and currency 
were rare commodities in rural Scotland. There, most 
people who got their living from the land either were or 
came to be simple wage-earners, and the nearer one 
approaches 1830 the greater the proportion of the rural 
population that falls into this category. The wage that they 
earned was meager and usually in kind. To illustrate my 
point here is a note taken from the observations of an 18th 
century commentator: 

“Victual (food) then is all the product of this countrey 
and when it giveth a good price then it goeth well with the 
masters and heritours (inheritors), but when it is otherwise 
they are ordinarily much strained for money. The women 
of the countrey are mostly employed in spinning and 
working of stockings and making of plaid — webs, which 
the Aberdeen merchants carry over sea. And it is this 
which bringeth money to the commons, other ways of 
getting it they have not.” 

When the chronicler said that the common people 
had no money except from their wives’ earnings he was 
not necessarily using a figure of speech, and although the 
system had become modified somewhat when John was a 
young man a century later, it had not totally disappeared. 
A Lothian hind (a skilled farm worker or servant from 
John’s area of Scotland) in the 1820's was still paid mostly 
in grain: every year he received “ a conventional quantity 
of oatmeal, barley, and pease (plural of pea), possibly ten, 
three, and two bolls (bowls full) of each” together with 
grazing for a cow, harvest victuals, and possession of a 
garden of one sixteenth of an acre. Unless the hind had a 
large family, he sold some of the meat to village tradesmen 
or farm servants who were not paid in kind. The hind 
would now, however, also get a small money wage 
amounting to a half or a third of the value of his total 
income. To a highly skilled ploughman this might by 1815 
be as much as f 15 or f20 a year in cash. The unskilled farm 
worker of the same period, the “day labourer” who lived 
either in a bothy (back room) or in his own hut apart from 
the farm buildings, was almost completely dependent on a 
money wage. Should he graze a cow and keep meal in bulk 
like the hind, he had to pay the farmer the market price 
for grazing and grain out of his cash earnings. 

At thirteen years of age, John could have still been 
living with his grandmother or could have been an un¬ 
skilled farm worker on a neighboring farm. In either 
circumstance he, although poor, had the same dreams as 


any young man of that era: after running away from home 
and finding his way to the New World, adventures and 
fortunes would await him as the ripe fruit awaits the 
picker’s hand. It is not small wonder then that he saw in 
the Royal Army a means to fulfill his vision of travel and 
learn a trade too. 

Although John's activities for the next three and one 
half years are not specifically known, I would speculate 
that he apprenticed as a wright during this period. When 
this was completed in August of 1831, he sailed with his 
regiment from Aberdeen to Quebec as a part of King 
William IV’s show of force to threatening advances by 
expansionists in the United States. Historians fail to show 
any significant border disputes during this period, so I will 
assume that John was a part of a security force of some 
kind. We can also conclude that John’s involvement with 
the Americans either before or after his desertion was not 
one of armed conflict because while he was in the 
Toronto, Ontario area adjacent to Niagara Falls he was 
free enough to cross the border and mingle with the 
“enemy”. Whether it was the attraction of America, or its 
young ladies, or both, that compelled him we do not 
know. He did serve the crown for eight months at the 
York Garrison in Toronto, however, but the freedom 
offered across the river was too much to resist. Desertions 
must have been relatively common, because in his 
Regiment alone there were seven others during May 1832. 
He probably found employment in the Buffalo area and 
sometime during the following seventeen months met the 
lovely Irish immigrant named Sarah Bates whom he 
courted and married on October 28, 1833 in Buffalo, Erie 
County, New York by Henry Slade, Esq. He took his new 
bride immediately to settle with him in southeastern 
Michigan. It was here in Monroe, Monroe County, that 
they lived for the next eleven years (Monroe lies midway 
between Detroit and Toledo). It is in Monroe County that 
we find recorded the family’s first seven children coming 
into the world: Christian, John, Edward, Richard, 
Elizabeth, Robert, an Jeremiah Hatch. Christian died 
when she was eight and one half months old, followed a 
year and one half later by the death of their third child, 
Edward, when but two days old. That was on Christmas 
Day, 1837. 

It was the birth of the last child, Jeremiah Hatch, 
which coincided with the conversion of the parents to the 
Mormon faith, and because the couple were so impressed 
with the missionary which brought the Gospel to them, 
they named their new born son in his honor. John and 
Sarah must have been very inspired with the words of 
Elder Jeremiah Hatch, for they willingly prepared to leave 
their home and journey to be with the Saints in Missouri. 
The Church was still young and there were many trials 
which awaited them as they set out to follow this new 
faith. Among the hardest decisions to make were those 
concerning the sacrifices that would be expected of them, 
and the possibility of the giving of their lives in the 
struggle (the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum 
had been martyred in Carthage, Illinois just two weeks 
prior to the Murray's baptism). But undaunted, John, 
Sarah, and the family took the necessary steps to outfit 


119 



themselves for migration, and departed to join the 
Missouri Saints shortly following their 1844 conversion. In 
their journeyings they must have at one time dwelt in St. 
Louis for their last child, Joseph Albert, was born there in 
1846 and died there two months later. 

We don’t know how much time elasped during this 
Missouri chapter, but I suspect that while there John 
responded to a general epistle sent by Brigham Young and 
the Twelve from Winter Quarters December 23, 1847, 
calling all converts of the Church to gather to the eastern 
bank of the Missouri River preparatory to the further 
migration to the Rocky Mountains. They were called to 
settle temporarily on the land then vacated by the Pot¬ 
tawattamie Indians, and owned by the United States 
Government. Kanesville (as the main settlement was to be 
called) was to be their resting place for a season. This 
Pottawattamie settlement lay across the Missouri River 
from Winter Quarters (Kanesville is present-day Council 
Bluffs, Iowa and Winter Quarters is present-day Omaha, 
Nebraska). There were about 1,500 Saints located on the 
Pottawattomie lands at this time. “Their settlements 
extended some fifty or sixty miles along the east bank of 
• the Missouri river, reaching back to the east side of the 
said river some thirty or forty miles.” John and his family 
were domiciled in dwelling 845 (as indicated by a census 
taken in the spring of 1850 for the First Presidency). 

' Robert Murray was not included in that census because he 
died earlier that year at the age of eight. 

The events of the next two years are a matter of much 
political intrigue that could easily carry me on for several 
pages. Let me suffice it to say that the political parties of 
Iowa (namely the Whigs and the Democrats) were keenly 
interested in the several hundred votes which existed in 
that county. 

The most amtibious and outgoing of the two major 
parties was the Whig Party, for its representatives openly 
solicited Mormon leaders and succeeded in capturing 
their confidence by assuring them that the Whigs were 
“pledged to them and the country to a firm and unyielding 
protection to Jew, Gentile, and Christian of every name 
and denomination, with all other immunities rightfully 
belonging to every citizens of the land.” This set of 
promises proved to be the balm necessary to restore the 
Saints’ confidence in political processes and politicians, 
and the Saints very generally voted for the Whig ticket, 
state and national. This of course embittered the 
Democratic Party of Iowa against the Saints, who, in the 
couse of the next few months, swore revenge. 

It was while the Democratic State Senate was passing 
resolutions against the Saints that the First Presidency in 
Salt Lake made it quite clear to the Pottawattomie settlers 
that theirs was never intended to be a permanent set¬ 
tlement and that they should prepare to leave the next 
spring (spring of 1852). Apparently the Saints had become 
quite comfortable in the area and really did not look 
forward to the long trek westward. But west they did go, 
and among them was John and Sarah Murray plus their 
four surviving children. Pioneers and Prominent Men of 
Utah states that they came by oxteam complete with their 
struggles, hardships, relief, and rejoicings. 


The early Church leaders wasted no time in putting 
John’s talents and energies to work and ordained him a 
Seventy in September, 1852 just a month or so after arrival 
in the valley. 

The 29th Quorum of Seventy was a part of the 
Kaysville Ward which is located fifteen miles north of Salt 
Lake City. Whether or not he resided there permanently is 
difficult of ascertain. Two months later (November, 1852) 
John and his wife Sarah received their own endowments in 
the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, however they 
were not sealed as husband and wife for another twelve 
years. 

A month and a half later, (late December, 1852) the 
John Murray family appear in the “Report of the Bishops 
of the Church” in American Fork, Utah. This report was 
ordered by President Young to account for those who had 
or had not successfully negotiated the plains, and again, I 
have no way of knowing if this was at all permanent, for no 
other records appear for him in American Fork. 

American Fork lies twenty-five miles south of Salt 
Lake City and is therefore a considerable distance from 
his first touchdown in Kaysville, but this does not end his 
migration, for his next domicile was Spanish Fork, twenty 
more miles south of American Fork. 

It is generally accepted that Spanish Fork was the 
family home for it is here that he owned a farm, raised his 
children and died. It was here, no doubt, that he must 
have practiced the wheel wright’s trade and since Spanish 
Fork is a relatively small town, I would speculate that it is 
possible that he may have been the only one in its service. 

Six months after his settling in the valley of the Great 
Salt Lake he followed the counsel of the Brethren and 
took another wife to wed. Her name was Ann Denston, 
and she was followed in polygamy some time later by 
Mary Gale. It is not known what Church callings he held, 
but we do have the word of Pioneers and Prominent men 
of Utah that he was a Patriarch. Like so much of Esshom’s 
data, it seems unlikely that he held this Church calling 
since he is not listed in the Church Historian’s file of 
Patriarchs. I would speculate that his family, who sub¬ 
mitted his biographical sketch for Esshom’s volume, 
thought of him as the head of the Murray Clan in America 
and therefore regarded him as the patriarchal head of his 
extended family. He did ordain his second oldest son, 
Richard, an Elder in March of 1858 and his oldest son, 
John, an Elder in December of 1859. Besides these or¬ 
dinations, he is also on record as having performed some 
baptisms and marriages as late as 1863. The Spanish Fork 
Ward does not contain membership records for John 
Murray so we cannot tell in what capacity he was func¬ 
tioning. 

John’s ties to Spanish Fork were not unbreakable, for 
in 1865 he accepted a call from President Young to be a 
“missionary to the Muddy.” It was not a mission as we 
know it today, and therefore he was not a missionary in 
that same sense. The Muddy was an area to be colonized 
by Mormon families because it was thought by Church 
leaders to be in southwest Utah and thereby an asset to 
them. (It wasn’t until after settlement that surveyors found 
the Muddy to lie within the boundaries of Nevada.) The 


120 






Kelly, Binkey, Kristen Dawn, Kelly Dean Jr., Kasey, Darin. 


and graduated from Uintah High School in May 1964, 
attended Junior Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, in 1964- 
65 and Idaho State University 1965-66 in Pocatello Idaho. 

I joined the National Guard in 1966 in September at 
Forst Ord., California. Attended combat Engineers ad¬ 
vanced Individual Training, Fort Leonardwood Mo. Have 
been with Company A-1457 Engineers Battalion, Vernal, 
Utah, past 15 years. Helped Pit. Sgt. slot for seven years 
prior to becoming First Sgt. Oct. of 1979. 

In 1962-63 made Who’s Who in America, also I at¬ 
tended Snow College on a scholarship. Made first team in 
junior and senior basketball, and football. Went to Boy’s 
State my junior year. Played in all church sports functions. 
Former member of Vernal, Fourth Ward. 

My two sons are in Pee Wee wrestling league, Kelly 
Jr. for four years took second place, and Kacey, the five- 
year-old has taken championship the past two years. 
There are 650 members in the program ranging from 4 to 
12 years old. 

Kristian Dawn took State in the Spelling bee at 
Sweetwater, Wyo. in 1978. She is on the track team, 
basketball team, volleyball and broad jump, and 880 run. 
She is on the honor roll and has played flute in the concert 
band for two years. 

My wife “Binkey” is second counselor in Primary, 
Relief Society teacher, and Sunday School teacher for the 
past two years. Has been a member of the church for three 
years. 

GARY M. GOODRICH 

Gary was born February 16, 1948 in Vernal, Utah. 

Gary married Susan Carroll on May 27, 1966. She is 
the daughter of Clista Colton and Kennith Carroll. 

Gary and Susan had two daughters; Aurora born May 
29, 1967 and Kimberly bom June 23, 1969. Divorced. 

Gary married Robin Lynne Kahn on May 11, 1972 in 
San Jose, California. She is the daughter of Blossom Lillian 
Bernstein and Martin Kahn, born March 11, 1953 in 
Brooklyn, New York. 

Gary and Robin have a son Jason Myles, bom April 
12, 1975 in Mountain View, California. They live in Santa 
Clara, California. 



Kent and Debra McCarroll Bradley and Gaven. 


DEBRA GOODRICH 

Debra was born July 25, 1950 in Vernal, Utah. 

• Debra married Kent McCarrel on May 27, 1967. 

They have two sons, Bradley G. born October 8, 1967 » 

in Vernal, Utah and Gavin Kent bom November 13, 1973 
in Vernal, Utah. 


114 










Married Linda Reynolds March 28, 1967. They have had 
two children bom to them: 

1. Glen Macks Murray, born Oct. 25, 1967. 

2. Shane Murray, born June 21, 1969. 

Keith was baptized Feb. 4, 1956. 


Hober Douglas and Jodie Miller and Ryan Douglas. 

JODIE GOODRICH 

Jodie was bom on January 28, 1956 in Vernal, Utah. 

She married Robert Douglas Miller on January 21, 

1978 in Elko, Nevada. 

They have one son Ryan Douglas Miller, bom July 19, 

1979 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

JERRY MACKS MURRAY 

Jerry Macks Murray, born Oct. 25, 1929 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized May 6, 1950. Married June 8, 1947. 
Other wives: (2) Geraldine (Jerry) Rich Huber, married 
August 9, 1975. Jerry Mack's father, Johnathen Moyes 
Murray, and his mother, Verlie Arnold Stewart. 

Wife. Nila Weeks, bom June 8. 1930 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized July 2 1938. Father, Nelson O. 
Weeks and mother, Jessie Holmes. 

Children: 

Keith Macks Murray, bom Jan. 8, 1948 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 4, 1956. Married March 1967 
to Linda Reynolds. 

Marlene Kay Murray, born Nov. 12, 1955 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Married Aug. 4, 1977 to Darwin Lee 
Holden. 

KEITH MACKS MURRAY 

Keith Macks Murray, born Jan. 8, 1948, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Nila Weeks and Jerry Macks Murray. 


Jerry Macks Murray, son, Keith Macks, Linda and Glen Shen 
Murray, Marlene Kay and Darwin Lee Holden (wedding). 


MARLENE KAY MURRAY 

Marlene Kay Murray, born Nov. 12, 1955, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Nila Weeks and Johnathon Moyes 
Murray. Married Darwin Lee Holden August 4, 1977. 
Marlene was baptized Feb. 5. They have had one child 
born to them: 

1. Jason Bren Holden, bom May 21, 1980. 

DARWIN LEE HOLDEN 

Darwin Lee Holden, bora Feb. 25, 1953 in Alamosa, 
Colorado. Baptized March 4, 1961, endowed May 10, 1972 
and sealed August. 4, 1978. Married August 4, 1977 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father, Albert Darwin Holden, and 
mother, Ella Edith Culler. 

Wife, Kay Marlene Murray, born Nov. 12, 1955 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 29, 1964 and en¬ 
dowed August 4, 1978. Father, Jerry Macks Murray, and 
mother, Nila Weeks. 

Children: Jason Bren Holden, bora May 21, 1980 in 
Farmington, Utah. 


115 














Muddy Valley, now Moapa Valley, lies on the lower 
tributaries of the Rio Virgin about forty-five miles to the 
northeast of present-day Las Vegas and about seventy 
miles southwest of St. George. John Murray and the other 
fifty families which first saw the Moapa country were 
greeted by a lonely barren desert, which was made still 
more forbidding by being occupied by marauding Indians, 
who were always ready to attack weak and defenseless 
travelers, and neglected no opportunity to prey upon the 
animals of the whites. The colony was lead by President 
Thomas A. Smith, and his assignment was to put a white 
foothold in the area which the authorities of the Church 
ascertained was even lower in altitude than St. George, 
where cotton and other semitropical products could be 
raised successfully. Another object which Brigham Young 
had in view was the possibility of shipping immigrants and 
freight from the east and Europe to the Saints in Utah 
via the Isthmus of Panama, and then ship by water up to 
the Gulf of California and from there up the Colorado 
River to the Muddy. President Smith and his company of 
pioneers arrived in the Muddy Valley early in 1865. These 
colonizers located St. Thomas and St. Joseph on May 28, 
1865, at which time the Saints at St. Thomas were 
organized as a ward and St. Joseph as a dependent branch. 
John Murray with his family, John Murray, Jr. with his and 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray (my great-grandfather) with his 
were listed as being among those first settlers in St. 
Joseph. Its first years’ record is herein quoted in its en¬ 
tirety: 

"The settlement was organized, W. Foote was elected 
President May 28th, (organization completed after the 
11th of June) about the first of June with Warren Foote 
Presiding Elder. The city was laid out and a water ditch 
finished within ten days and the brethren proceeded to 
plant Com Sugar cane and some Cotton and garden 
produce. Considerable Com, Molasses, Mellons and some 
Cotton was raised the first year, but the brethren who 
came without families, mostly returning, weakened the 
settlement so much that the indians took most of the 
Corn.” 

Elder Erastus Snow reported to the General Con¬ 
ference in April of 1868 that the Saints of the Muddy were 
generally doing well, but “that it must not be expected that 
everything will run smooth with them, or that they will 
realize all their expectations.” He went on to say that the 
settlements of St. Thomas seemed to be holding their own, 
but that he “cannot say quite as much for those located at 
St. Joseph.” He concluded by saying that “it requires stout 
hearts to develop a new country like that; but per- 
serverance, time and patience will accomplish it.” 
Although his meaning was somewhat veiled, his words 
bring home the truth of the matter — these settlements 
were struggling for survival and would probably not last. 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray’s biography is replete with hair- 
raising stories of Indian raids and very close calls with 
death. And although he does not mention his father’s 
experiences, I would not be extending probability too far 
by claiming that John could also relate similar stories. It 
seems clear from the records that John was not afraid of 
an Indian fight, and in fact was a veteran of two. 


The first occurred during the first year of the 
colonization of the Muddy (1865) and took the form of 
scattered, yet systematic, raids carried out by various Utah 
Indians on the white settlers in the region. As recorded in 
A Comprehensive History of the Church, the Black Hawk 
War (named after a Ute Chieftain of that name) was a 
direct result of the refusal of several of the area Indian 
tribes to accept a congressional enactment requiring the 
Indians to remove themselves to the Uintah Valley in the 
eastern part of Utah, south of the Uintah range of 
Mountains. Although several of the tribal chiefs agreed to 
the treaty. Chief Black Hawk and a number of subchiefs 
were not present at any of these treaty and relocation 
meetings. Subsequently these abstaining chiefs came out 
in open hostility to the whites. 

The war itself began with the ambushing of a white 
man in San Pete County followed by a massacre of a white 
family in the same area. Soon indiscriminate killings on 
both sides spread from as far north as Utah County to as 
far south as Washington County. Although we have no 
record of any killings in the Muddy Valley, we do have the 
personal accounts of Jeremiah Hatch Murray which at¬ 
tests to the numerous raids and constant harassment by 
the natives. 

Since we know John was in St. Joseph during 1865 
and probably 1866 as well, we can assume that his in¬ 
volvement in the war took one or more of the following 
forms: defensive settler, Home Guardsman, or mercenary. 
Judging from his spirit and his Scottish audaciousness, I 
would not feel it too bold to say that he earned the honor 
of being a “veteran” by engaging in one or both of the 
latter two activities. As to the second armed confrontation 
noted by Esshom, I do not have sufficient historical data 
on this Walker War to know where or when it took place. 
Without this information I could not accurately speculate 
on John’s involvement. 

Although we do not know how long John and his 
immediate family stayed in St. Joseph, some historical 
facts lend themselves to conjecture. We know he per¬ 
formed a few of the baptisms and one marriage in the St. 
Joseph Branch during 1865 and 1866 and was therefore in 
the colony during the latter year. We also know that he 
did not remain with the settlers until they disbanded in 
1871 because he shows up in Salt Lake City to swear an 
oath to become an American citizen in the spring of 1869 
(which, by the way, was never followed up with 
naturalization proceedings). I believe he returned with the 
group leader, Thomas S. Smith, and his son Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray in the fall of 1866 due to various reasons, of 
which I shall try to relate only two. After settlement, 
considerable prosperity followed the activities of families 
Eke the Murray's until the western part of Utah, including 
the settlements in the Muddy Valley, was transferred to 
Nevada. Being a new state, Nevada was in need of capital 
and one of the surest ways to raise needed revenues was to 
tax. The taxes levied by the new state against the 
struggling Mormon colonists in the Muddy became so 
oppressive that their inability to pay contributed in large 
measure to the disbandment of the settlement in 1871. I 
believe that John could sense the end nearing and, 


121 








knowing that the colony would never survive under its 
present conditions, left. No doubt the danger brought to 
his family by the ever-present hostile Indians was also a 
large contributing factor in the decision to desert the 
Muddy Mission. 

Although the entire enterprise was abandoned early 
in 1871, and the towns lapsed into ruins, our story of the 
Muddy does not end here. Some years later the work of 
resettlement was begun and the little valley now has three 
towns: Moapa (formerly St. Joseph), St. Thomas, and 
Overton. These outposts of civilization exist today as grim 
reminders of our pioneer heritage. 

John spent almost the last decade and one half of his 
life back in Spanish Fork, and although the records are 
silent as to his activities, I would speculate that he enjoyed 
the rest and retreat from the desert, the Indians, and the 
inconvenience of constant mobility. After years of hard¬ 
ship and sacrifice, he no doubt found much solitude and 
warmth in that small town and took advantage of it to the 
fullest. His sons and daughters together with their children 
remained in Spanish Fork until after John’s death on 
November 15, 1880 and Sarah’s in 1882. After these 
passings, the children diffused to areas in eastern and 
northern Utah where the descendants of John Murray are 
found in abundance today. 



Jeremiah Hatch and Mary Ashby Murray 

MARY ASHBY MURRAY 
1851-1922 


Mary Ashby ws born in West Leicester, Leicester¬ 
shire, England to Samuel Ashby and Hanna Ward on April 
1, 1851. Due to the father's ailing health each member in 
the family did all they could to sustain and keep them¬ 
selves together as a family. At the age of three years Mary 
accompanied her older brother, Thomas to the box 
factory where all day long she would pack the finished 
boxes that were small enough for her to handle, into the 
storage room and stacked them in piles according to size. 
When she got a little older she helped her mother with 
glove making. Her mother prided herself as being a very 
good seamstress and would sew the fingers of the gloves 
together and Mary would turn the fingers of the gloves so 
that the stitching would be on the inside. When the days 
allotment of gloves was finished they were wrapped in a 
bundle and Mary would return them to the factory and get 


another bundle of gloves that were cut out to be sewn the 
next day. It was on these trips to and from the factory that 
Mary's brother Thomas taught her to read from the bill 
boards and from the signs in windows. 

There was little time for play in Mary’s life and on one 
occasion she took the only doll she ever had, which had 
been given to her by her brother to the wagon yard, a huge 
lot where the freight wagons were stored when not in use. 
She built a play house in one of the wagons. While getting 
out of the wagon she dropped the doll and broke its china 
head. When she went home her mother took the doll, 
scolded her sharply and she never saw the doll again. 

Her older brother walked into the country each 
morning to work on a farm. Each night he would return 
carrying a bundle of sticks or straw which was used in the 
fireplace to take the chill out of the house in the early 
mornings, as they had to get up early to prepare for the 
day’s work. Some of the neighbors being envious of the 
frugality of the Ashby family reported to the police that 
they thought Thomas was stealing the straw. Upon in¬ 
vestigation they found out it was just a bonus from the 
farmer to Thomas for being such a hard worker. Mary and 
Thomas also worked in the colliery. 

It was the custom at that time in England when 
anyone had committed a crime that called for the death 
sentence, they were hanged in public. It was also man- 
ditory that all the people of the community were to 
witness it. On one such occasion Mary’s uncle lifted her 
high up into the jail house window where she looked out 
over a sea of people and saw the body of a man dangling 
from a scaffold. 

Her family received the missionaries of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and accepted the gospel. 
When the call came from the General Authorities of the 
church for the Saints to gather in Utah, the Ashby family 
could not afford the passage for the entire family so they 
began to make preparations to send Mary to America. At 
this time she was fourteen years old. With their meager 
means they purchased the best leather shoes they could 
afford for the long walk across the plains of America with 
Hand Carts. The Sunday evening before leaving England 
for Utah, Mary walked with her family to church. Upon 
returning they found that someone had cut the screen in 
the bedroom window and stolen all her clothes. She had 
them all cleaned, pressed, mended and laid out on her bed 
ready to be packed into a bundle. Her new leather shoes 
were gone too. They called the police and the clothes 
were located, but in a pawn shop, the thief had pawned 
everything. The Ashbys did not have enough money to 
redeem them. Mary stared to America barefooted and 
very meager bundle of clothes, which contained a pair of 
cloth slippers her mother had sewn for her to wear on 
Sundays. 

The voyage across the ocean was on a sailing ship 
which took six weeks to make the trip. The passengers on 
board slept on straw ticks on the open deck. After 
arriving in America and starting across the plains, Mary’s 
feet soon became calloused and sore. There was no 
dropping out or turning back. The only course was to daily 
press on. Occasionally the water man who drove a yolk of 


122 



oxen hitched to a wagon filled with barrels of water would 
let her climb on the wagon where she could rest her 
aching feet. That was if some of the barrels were empty 
and her weight would not retard the progress of the oxen. 

When they came to the Platte River, they were told to 
wade across. The fathers carried the smaller children 
across upon their backs returning to double up and help 
each other with the hand carts. There was a large en¬ 
campment of Indians along the river bank which caused a 
great deal of concern among the company leaders and 
much fear among the children. However no incident 
occured and the company left the river as soon as 
possible. 

Mary told the story of a young girl who was sick and 
ailing and had become very weary. She asked permission 
to sit down and rest promising she would catch the end of 
the company as it came by. That night at roll call this girl 
was missing. A search party was sent back to look for her. 
Although they searched the country over they could find 
not a trace of her. Some thought possibly she had fallen 
asleep and not heard the last carts go by and had been 
picked up by the Indians who frequently hunted and 
followed the trails of the pioneers. 

On arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Mary was asked 
to help out at the home of Jeremiah Hatch Murray in 
Spanish Fork. Being still without shoes she went to 
Spanish Fork. The wife and mother was sick with “milk 
fever” and had a new baby to care for. Mary assumed the 
responsibility of nursing the sick mother back to health 
and caring for the baby. A bond of friendship and love 
developed between these two ladies. Mary and Karen 
Maria, the mother of the baby. They cherished each other 
as sisters. 

This friendship grew and was extended to the future 


even into the eternity. Because on the Fourth day of 
March nineteen hundred and sixty five, Jeremiah took 
Karen Maria and the baby to the endowment house ac¬ 
cording to their faith and had them sealed for all time and 
eternity and married Mary on the same day, thus fulfilling 
the commandment of plural marriage. 

Mary bore six sons and three daughters for Jeremiah 
and resided on a small farm at Spanish Fork until Jeremiah 
sold the farm and moved her and the children to the 
Ashley Valley in November of 1886 where he built her a 
home on forty acres of land in the Mill Ward, now known 
as Maeser. A year later in the fall of 1887 he moved Karen 
Maria from Spanish Fork to a home on a tract of land near 
the mouth of Brush Creek on the west bank of the Green 
River. 

Jeremiah divided his time between the two places. All 
through Mary’s life she was a frugal person never wasting 
or spending unnecessarily. This virtue she learned from 
the hard lessons she learned as a child and a girl growing 
up in England and crossing the plains. Jeremiah eventually 
accumulated the means by which he sent for her family in 
England. Her brothers, Thomas, William, Sam and her 
mother. Mary not only raised her own family but many 
motherless grandchildren of her widowed sons. Her 
relationship with Maria was always cordial and an 
example of sisterly love. Maria passed away on June 12, 
1897, and Jerry spent the remainder of those years on the 
farm in Maeser with Mary until he passed away on Sep¬ 
tember 5,1909. Mary continued to make a home and care 
for several motherless children until the time of her death 
January 16, 1922. Mary Ashby Murray had a posterity of 9 
children and sixty-eight grandchildren all of whom are 
forever indebted to this courageous noble mother. 



Ft. Margaret. Thomas Ward, Jeremiah Hatch, Mary Ashby. Mary Merkley. Bk. Joseph. Samual. John, Hatch, and William 


123 









JOHN RICHARD MURRAY 



JOHN RICHARD MURRAY 


John Richard Murray, born May 14, 1867, to 
Jeremiah Hatch and Mary Ashby Murray in Spanish Fork, 



Anna Hodson Murray 


Utah. Married Anna Hodson July 16, 1897. Ann was bom 
in 1876. 

They had two children: 

Clorse bom 1894, died 1913; J. Hatch bom 1900, died 
1918; John Richard, died April 9, 1915. 


124 






Maryetta Murray and Ward Murray 


THOMAS WARD MURRAY 


Thomas Ward Murray, born Aug. 6, 1870 in Spanish 
Fork, Utah Co., Utah, to Mary Ashby and Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray. Married Maryette Caldwell Jan. 1, 1891. There 
have been six children bom to them: 


MARY (MAMIE) A. MURRAY PREECE 


1. Mary Almira Murray; bom May 21, 1892. 

2. Son (stillborn) Murray; born 1893. 

3. Flora Fontella Murray; bom Oct. 10, 1894. Died 
Jan. 1, 1896. 

4. Thomas Ward Murray; born Apr. 2, 1896. Died 
Feb. 19, 1899. 

5. Adelia Murray; bom Oct. 20, 1897. 

6. Eliza Fern Murray; bom Dec. 21, 1901. 

Thomas was baptized July 1, 1892, endowed Mar. 15, 

1917, sealed Mar. 15, 1917. 

Thomas died Oct. 14, 1914. 

MARY ALMIRA MURRAY 

Mary Almira Murray, bom May 21, 1892 in Jensen, 
Uintah, Utah, to Maryett Caldwell and Thomas Ward 
Murray. Married Alma Preece Feb. 17, 1910. There were 
six children born to them: 

1. Maryetta Preece; born Feb. 10, 1911. 

2. Ora Pearl Preece; bom Oct. 26, 1912. Died Dec. 11, 
1937. 

3. Venna Merle Preece; bom Jan. 28, 1916. 

4. Phyllis Preece; born Dec. 19, 1921. Died Dec. 19, 

1921 . 

5; Ralph Alma Preece; bom May 25, 1924. 


Mary (Mamie) A. Murray Preece was bom on the 
Green River three miles north of Jensen Bridge, May 21, 
1892, the first child of Thomas Ward and Maryetta 
Caldwell Murray. 

I had two brothers and two sisters. A baby boy died at 
birth. Fontella when she was fifteen months old ac¬ 
cidentally drank lye and died. Ward died at age three of 
Spinal Meninjitis. Fern and Delia lived and we grew up on 



Doris, Ralph, Alma, Mamie, Maryette, Venna Preece. 


125 



the Green River Brush Creek, and in Vernal. 

I had a wonderful Mother, she was always doing 
special things for us girls. When I was ten mother gave 
birth to a premature baby. Mother and the baby both died 
leaving Dad with three little girls; three five and ten years 
old. We went to live with Grandmother Murray. She was 
very kind to us. When dad married Zinna Nickell, a widow 
with two children, Delia and I went home to live, but Fern 
stayed with Grandmother. 

Our first school up on the hill had one room, Mr. 
Pack was our teacher. We wrote on a slate with slate 
pencils. We later rode horses three miles to the Jensen 
School. I also went to Central School in Vernal, and the 
Wilcox Academy. My teachers were Wallace Calder and 
Theodore Johnson. 

As I grew up I worked out for two dollars and fifty 
cents a week for Mrs. William Neal. Also worked for 
Uncle Albert Snow. I helped with the Jensen Ferry Boat 
when he was gone. I moved to Vernal and worked at the 
Big 4 Store. It was run by Jews. Really got big wages there, 
five dollars a week. When they sold out I worked for Pard 
Dodds for two dollars and fifty cents a week. Lottie Preece 
and I got a job cooking for the men on the Sunshine Ditch. 
We got a dollar a day cooked for twenty to thirty men. 

We had two places where we had lots of fun dancing; 
the Social Hall and Jake Workman’s Opera House. I met 
Alma at a dance at the Workman Hall. He was a good 
dancer and so was I so we soon became good good friends. 
He had a pretty little horse and buggy. We were reckless 
like all the young ones and used to run races with other 
horses and buggies. 

Alma and I were married Feb. 17, 1910 at the old 
Uintah Court house, by President Don B. Colton. We lived 
on the farm that summer and ran the farm for his mother. 
In the fall we rented a little two room house of Grandma 
Weise's. We bought a stove, table, chairs and some dishes. 
Our beds were ticks filled with nice clean straw. They 
made good beds if you kept them stirred up. We washed 
them and refilled them with straw time and again. 

That fall we went to Brush Creek and on the ranch for 
my dad for forty-five dollars a month plus board and room 
and feed for our team. In Jan. 1911, we moved back to the 
Weise place where our first daughter was born, Feb. 10. 
We named her Maryetta, after my mother. 

We again went to Brush Creek and worked until the 
fall of 1912 then moved back to Vernal. Our daughter Ora 
was bom Oct. 26, 1912. We rented and ran Grandma 
Preece's. In 1915 we bought the farm and moved into the 
old house. On Jan. 28, 1916, our third child, another little 
girl, was bom, we named her Vena. She had two teeth 
when she was bom, she wasn't well and we made lots of 
trips to Salt Lake with her for surgical care. One winter I 
took my little girls and we liv^d in Salt Lake when Vena 
was operated on. 

My dad died in 1914, and left a thousand dollars. We 
built a kitchen and pantry on the house, put a shingle roof 
on the house, bought a hand turning washing machine, 
and spent the rest on cattle. 

In 1950 the Ashley Ward was organized off from the 
First Ward. I was chosen to be the first president of the 


Primary in the ward with Mable Preece as first counselor. 
I worked in the Primary for about ten years. On Dec. 19, 
1921, another little daughter was bom. Little Phyliss only 
lived six and one half hours. 

On Sunday, May 25, 1924, our little boy Ralph was 
bora. He beat the doctor and nurse. He came in such a 
hurry with only Maryetta, then sixteen, to help me. 
Another daughter Doris was bom May 29, 1926. This 
made our family complete. 

Alma was put in the bishopric in 1924, and later 
sustained as bishop of Ashley Ward. He served as bishop 
for sixteen years, and in the bishopric for 21 years. When 
Alma was bishop and building the chapel, we had some 
pretty lean days, but it seemed like the Lord always 
blessed us. The ward really progressed under his 
leadership and when he was released, they were com¬ 
pletely out of debt and had a surplus. The ward had built 
two chapels the first having been destroyed by fire. 

We had some pretty hard times after we bought the 
farm. The depression came on, and I never bought things 
we could get along without. Hamburger cost two pounds 
for a quarter, milk was three quarts for a quarter, bread 
ten to fifteen cents a loaf. We never knew what it was to 
buy bread, and we always had meat, milk, and butter, and 
a good garden. 

I was president of the Y.W.M.I.A. for twelve years 
and Relief Society teacher for forty years. I received a 
twenty year pin for Primary and was a Sunday School 
teacher for several years. I also took two classes in Red 
Cross nursing. Before we had hospitals, I went lots with 
the doctors to bring new babies night or day. Sometimes I 
helped with the babies before the doctor came, but the 
Lord was always with us. It was work I enjoyed. 

Our daughter Ora died at age twenty five on Dec. 11, 
1937, that was a very sad thing for us. Alma and I have had 
a long and happy life. We had six children, five girls and a 
boy, and they have been a pleasure. After they were raised t 
we have had lots of interesting things happen. We filled an 
Indian mission for two years, our call came Nov. 10, 1953, 
and worked in Whiterocks. It was an enjoyable two years, 
and we made lots of new friends. 

P.S. Mamie died May 26, 1970 after a lingering illness, 
Alma missed her very much. He remained active in his 
family, church, and still lives in his own home at age 
ninety-one with the support and much love of his family. 
Mamie and Alma loved to dance, and Alma attended the 
Friday night dances in the Golden Age Center, until about 
two years ago. 


MARYETTA PREECE 

Maryetta Preece, born Feb. 10, 1911 to Mary Almira 
Murray and Alma Preece, in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 
Married Lawrence Joseph Wardle Dec. 7, 1931. There was 
one child bom to them: Ora Fay Wardle; born Feb. 7, 
1936. 

Maryetta was baptized April 5, 1919. Sealed May 26, 
1952. 


126 






ORA FAY WARDLE 

Ora Fay Wardle, born Feb. 7, 1939 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Maryetta Preece and Lawrence Joseph Wardle. 
Married Clark H. Oviatt June 25, 1957. There have been 
four children born to them: 

1. Ora Mar jean Oviatt: born Aug. 17, 1965. 

2. Philip Clark Oviatt; bom Apr. 11, 1969. 

3. Mary Joelle Oviatt; born Nov. 30, 1970. 

4. Marietta Oviatt; born Oct. 18, 1977. 

Ora Fay was baptized Apr. 11, 1944, endowed June 
24, 1944, and sealed June 25, 1957. 

ORA PEARL PREECE 

Ora Pearl Preece, bom Oct. 26, 1912 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Mary Almira Murray and Alma Preece. 
Married Fredric Lyle Wilson June 2, 1934. Died Dec. 11, 
1937. 

VENA MERLE PREECE 

Vena Merle Preece, born Jan. 28, 1916 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Mary Almira Murray and Alma Preece. 
Married John W. Starkey Aug. 11, 1944. John died Jan. 18, 
1981. 

RALPH ALMA PREECE 

Ralph Alma Preece, born May 25, 1924 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Mary Almira Murray and Alma Preece. 
Married Carma Ross June 11, 1942. There have been five 
children bom to them: 

1. Brent Ralph Preece; bom Sept. 14, 1943. 

2. Gerry Preece; bom May 21, 1947. 

3. Janet Preece; bom Jan. 22, 1952. 

4. Lorri Preece; born May 31, 1956. 

5. Daryl Ross Preece; bom May 20, 1959. 

Ralph was baptized May 28, 1932, endowed Nov. 15, 
1942 and sealed Nov. 15, 1942. 

BRENTRALPH PREECE 

Brent Ralph Preece, born Salt Lake, Salt Lake Co., 
Utah, on Sept. 14, 1943, to Carma Ross and Ralph Alma 
Preece. Mamed Carolyn Bingham Jan. 19, 1968. There 
have been five children born to them: 

1. Rodney Shane Preece; born Sept. 5, 1968. 

2. Marci Preece; bom Aug. 25, 1973. 

3. Travis Moroni Preece, born Feb. 12, 1975. 

4. Jennifer Preece; bom Mar. 29, 1976. 

5. Heather Preece; bom July 26, 1977. 

Brent was baptized Oct. 6, 1951, endowed Jan. 19, 
1974, and sealed Jan. 19, 1974. 

GERRY PREECE 

Gerry Preece, bom May 21, 1947, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Carma Ross and Ralph Alma Preece. Married 
Anthony Frank Wright May 27, 1967. There have been 
three children bom to this union: 

1. Ryan Jeffrey Wright; born Dec. 18, 1968. 


2. Dustin Colby Wright; bom Aug. 22, 1972. 

3. Ahsley Polani Wright; bom June 21, 1978. 

Gerry was baptized Oct. 6, 1951. 

JANET PREECE 

Janet Preece, born Jan. 22, 1952 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Carma Ross and Ralph Alma Preece. Married 
Richard Lee Pederson May 15, 1970. There have been 
three children born to them: 

1. Kelli Pedersen; bom June 22, 1973. 

2. Nikki Pedersen; bom June 9, 1976. 

3. Michael Lee Pedersen; bom Oct. 12, 1979. 

Janet was baptized Feb. 6, 1960, endowed May 1, 

1976, and sealed May 1, 1976. 


DORIS PREECE MORRILL 

Doris Preece Morrill, born May 29, 1926 to Alma and 
Mary Almira Murray. Married Dellis I. Morrill, There 
were two children bom to this Union: 

1. Diane Morrill; born May 13, 1961. 

2. Darin Dellis, bom July 29, 1966. 

Doris was baptized June 30, 1934. Sealed Nov. 18, 
1948. 

Parents-in-law, Ivan and Wanda Morrill. Education: 
Brigham Young University, BS 1944-1959; Grad. Study, 
Utah State University, University of Utah, George-town 
University; career; Teacher, SGA Adv. Maeser Sch 1970-, 
Central School 1957-1970; Tchr, Whiterocks School 1952- 
1951, Tridell School 1949-52, Avalon School 1947-48, 
Tridell School 1946-47. 

Civic: Voting Precinct, Chm, Del 1976-; Uintah 
County Searchetts, Pres. VP: Progressive Arts Federated 
Womens Club, Pres. VP, Citizenship Chm; BSA 
Citizenship Merit Badge Coun 1973-; Uintah Ed. Assn., 
Sec; Lay Lions; Young Womens Mutual Improvement 
Assn., State Pres., Music Dir., Camp Sp, Tchr; LDS 
Church. SS Coordinator, Tchr Music Dir, Primary Pres., 2 
year mission to Australia, Relief Society Inst 2 year Indian 
Mission. 

Classroom projects — What Citizenship Means. 
Happy Birthday Am; honors: Ldrshp Award 1970-71; 
Valley Forge Tchr Medal Award 1970; Schshop to 
Freedoms Found at Valley Forge 1972; Uintah Dist. Tchr 
of the Year 1975-76; Maeser School, Outstanding Tchr. 
1972-73; Outstanding Elementary Teacher of Am. 1971, 
1973; Author of Young America Lead the Way 1974, 
Seventy Six 1975, Happy Birthday America 1976; Co¬ 
author of Specialization Key to Increased Productivity. 


DIANE MORRILL 

Diane Morrill, born Salt Lake City, Salt Lake 
County, Utah, to Doris Fern Preece and Dellis Ivan 
Morrill. Married Dale Lee DeLano Jan. 26, 1980. Baby 
girl, Darcy Lee, born Aug. 7, 1980. 


127 






AD EL IA MURRAY 

Adelia Murray, born Oct. 20, 1897 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Maryette Caldwell and Thomas Ward Murray. 
Married Neil Soderberg Dec. 15, 1921. There were three 
children bom in this union: 

1. Wallace Soderberg: born Sept. 8, 1921. 

2. Donald Soderberg; bom Sept. 4, 1922. 

3. June Soderberg; born May 30, 1917. 


Neil and Adelia Soderberg 


BONNIE JUNE MILLER ANDERSON 


Bonnie June Miller Anderson, daughter of Adelia 
Murray and Jock Miller, descendents of Thomas Ward 
Murray and Maryette Caldwell Murray married shortly 
afterworld War II to John G.E. Anderson who she met in 
Paris at a DAV Convention. They have one son, Michiel. 

Beside her busy service record Bonnie is a graduate in 
Fine Arts from the University of Utah. In her later years 
she also worked at the office of Clyde Miller at the Capitol 
when he was secretary of state. 

Bonnie Anderson is a gracious hostess, a collector of 
souvenir plates and teaspoons and commander of Utah’s 
largest unit of Disabled American Veterans. 

It is difficult to equate this imposing,! tall, white- 
haired lady with war, but during World War II she served 
overseas with the Women’s Army Corps. She was not 
wounded in action, but suffered injuries aboard a military 
craft in the Mediterranean Sea when it was caught in a 
hurricane. 

“It was a strange, frightening experience,” she recalls 
of the incident. “The force of the storm bent beds like 
hairpins. Even the ovens were bent. Our ship did a 63- 
degree roll, and we were sent below decks as human 
ballast.” 

One young lady suffered a broken pelvis when she 
was thrown against a railing. Mrs. Anderson said. "She 
was a Catholic, like myself, and wanted me to pray for her. 
I said all the prayers I knew, and went for the chaplain. 

He said it was time we all prayed. He just talked with 
God, reminding him that we had served our country well 
and were ready to return home. 

“I volunteered to go up above and brought back a 
blanket and two loaves of bread.” We all had some, there 
was still some left — just like in the story of Christ and 
how he fed the multitude, she said. 

Deep religious convictions have helped the An- 
dersons not only through war times, but before and since, 
she said. Her own devotion has manifest itself in service to 
others, particularly to veterans like herself and her 
husband. 

As local director of the National Catholic Community 
Service — an offshot of the USO — She assists in 
preparing religious services for veterans at the Salt Lake 
VA Medical Center. 

To date, she has accumulated more than 5,000 hours 
in service at the facility, not only in a religious capacity, 
but in office assistance, as a receptionist and as a phar¬ 
macy aide. 

It’s beautiful to see a patient smile when you take a 
minute to talk with him. Many of these veterans are a long 
way from home and it’s a fulfilling and beautiful thing to 
serve them” she said. 

When Mrs. Anderson enlisted on the Army, it wasn’t 
the usual thing for a woman to do. 

“I was working at the old Remington Arms Plant out 
on 21st South and Redwood Road. There was this poster 
always pointing its finger at us, “Uncle Sam needs YOU.” 
My friend and I decided. “Why not?” We were going to 
join up and get the war over in a hurry. 


128 



After enlisting at Fort Douglas, she went to Des 
Moines. Iowa for basic training, then was assigned to 
camps in Maryland and California. 

She was in London, living at 44 Harley St. (Doctors 
Row) and engaged in communications work, when VE day 
brought an end to hostilities in the European theater. Only 
memories of the blitz bombings and other war hazards 
remain. 

Sent with occupational forces to Weisbaden, Ger¬ 
many, she grieved for the destruction of a once beautiful 
city. “The opera house was one of the buildings still 
standing,” she said. 

She was in Paris when VJ Day signaled the end of the 
war in the Pacific as well. ‘The whole city went crazy,” she 
said. “That's when everyone loved us Americans.” 

After the Mediterranean shipwreck experience, the 
survivors found refuge in the Azores Island for a short 
time before the USS Enterprise was sent to pick them up 
and return them to the United States. 

That was in early January 1946. Before long, Mrs. 
Anderson, still single then, was back in service. 

I re-enlisted because I wanted to see Japan.” she said. 
She was assigned to the headquarters of Gen. Douglas 
McArthur, seeing him come and go for at least twice a 
day.” 

A member of the Air Force Reserve after her tour in 
Japan, she was recalled for the Korean conflict, but in the 
meantime had married and was not anxious for overseas 
duty. 

"The rules were that you could take your family along 
if you were in the first three grades of rank,” she recalled, 
“but because I was a woman, they didn’t apply to the rules 
in my case, so I didn’t go to Korea. 

At that point a staff sergeant, she outranked her 
husband, John G.E. Anderson, also a veteran, whom she 
had met at a DAV convention. She joined the 
organization because it was more liberal in accepting 
women veterans than other military groups. 

She was elected commander of Chapter 6 and its 
2,650 members in February. “There may be other women 
who hold offices in the national organization, but I don’t 
know them.” she said. 

Mrs. Anderson is concerned with declining patriotism 
jn America. The veterans’ organizations are 
losing strength as the older members become senior 
citizens and the veterans of more recent conflicts fail to 
affiliate themselves she said. 

“We have a wonderful country. There are many 
things we don’t like, but still none other can compare. We 
have to engender new enthusiasm in the home and 
community and in the schools.” she said. 

“In World War II, we were fighting ‘the war to end all 
wars,’ and there was a spirit of pride, patriotism, espirit-de- 
corps whatever. The Vietnam didn’t generate those kinds 
of feelings. Somehwere along the line, we’ve got to renew 
our pride in our country, get closer to God, and build up 
our pride in the flag.” 



Ward and Fern Haukup 
ELIZA FERN MURRAY 


Eliza Fern Murray, born Dec. 21, 1901. Married 
August Haukop. They had one child born to them: Wesley 
Ward Haukop; born Dec. 31, 1917. 

WESLEY WARD HAUKAP 

Wesley Ward Haukap, born Dec. 31, 1917 to Eliza 
Fern Murray and August Haukop. Married June Love 
Zada. There was one child born to them: Linda Zada 
Haukop; born Oct. 13, 1935. 


129 






Zinna Nickell Murray 
THOMAS WARD MURRAY 


Thomas Ward Murray, born Aug. 6, 1870 in Spanish 
Fork, Utah Co., Utah, to Mary Ashby and Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray. Married Zinna Palestine Nickell Jan. 31, 1905. 
There were six children born to them: 

1. Arlington John Murray: born Jan. 19, 1906. Died 
April 12, 1974. 

2. Arthur Valentine Murray: born Nov. 29, 1907. 

3. Josephine Murray; born Nov. 12, 1909. 

4. Albert Lee Murray: born Oct. 25, 1912. 

5. Thomas Ward Murray Jr.; born Feb. 16,1915. 

6. Charles Larry Murray; born May 26, 1919. 

Thomas was baptized July 1, 1892 and was endowed 

March 15, 1917. Thomas died Oct. 14, 1914. 

Thomas Ward Murray, Sr. was born to Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray and Mary Ashby Murray on August 6, 1870 
in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah. In 1887, he moved to the 
Ashley Valley in Maeser with his parents and this is where 
he grew up. 

He married Maryette Caldwell on January 1, 1891 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. They were blessed with five 
children. Maryette died on May 3, 1903. Thomas Ward 
married Zinna Palestine Nickell on January 31, 1905. They 
had five children; four boys and one girl. 

Ward was a good provider and loved his family very 
much. When the children were old enough to go to school, 
they bought a home in Vernal where the family lived 
during the school year. During the summer, they lived on 
Brush Creek and farmed. They spent some time on Blue 
Mountain caring for their livestock, which was mostly 
cattle. Ward had been taught farming and caring for 


livestock by his father and he was a good manager. 

He played the violin and loved music and enjoyed 
entertaining his friends. He owned a restaurant at one 
time but sold it before he died. He loved his horses, 
especially Old Nig, the one he used all the time. 

It is said of Ward that he was the best man that ever 
lived and that his word was as good as his bond. He was a 
good neighbor. He died October 14, 1914. His obituary 
stated that heart trouble was believed to have been the 
cause of his death; however, the day before he died he and 
some friends were engaged in some horse racing. His 
horse fell and he was injured internally. Even though 
nothing was mentioned about this accident, the in¬ 
formation came from a good scource. 


Arlie and Myrtle Gurr Murray i 
ARLINGTON JOHN MURRAY 

Arlington John Murray, born Jan. 19, 1906 in Vernal, 
Uintah Co., Utah, to Zinna Palestine Nickell and Thomas 
Ward Murray. Married Myrtle Gurr April 21, 1926. There 
were ten children born to them: 

1. Therin Murray; born June 6, 1927. Died June 6, 

1927. 

2. “A” “J” Murray; bom Feb. 2, 1928. Died Feb. 2, 

1928. 

'3. Marvel Elaine Murray; bom Feb. 10, 1929. 

4. Ferris Gale Murray; born Oct. 3, 1931. 


130 








Ferris, Roger, Doyle, Blaine, Jim, George, Elaine, JoAnn, Arlie, 
Myrtle Murray. 


5. Blaine Lee Murray; bom Oct. 10, 1933. 

6. George Neil Murray; bom April 25, 1935. 

7. Doyle “G” Murray; born May 23, 1937. 

8. Jo Ann Murray; bom Oct. 14, 1943. 

9. Jimmy “D” Murray; born Sept. 23, 1946. 

10. Roger “B" Murray; bom Aug. 24,1949. 

Arlington was baptized March 21, 1915. He died April 

12, 1974. 

Arlington John Murray, born January 19, 1906 to 
Thomas Ward Murray and Zinna Palestine Nickell, in 
Vernal, Utah. 

He attended school at the Wilcox Academy and later 
after his Father died the family moved to Brush Creek and 
he attended school there and in Jensen. 

His father died when he was eight years old and times 
wasn’t to easy after that. He spent his teenage years on 
Brush Creek. He married Myrtle Gurr, daugter of George 
Albert Gurr and Alice Victoria White, April 21, 1926 in 
Vernal, Utah. 

In 1927 they moved to Dudleys coal mine where he 
trammed coal. They moved to White River where he 
worked for the American Gilsonite Company. They spent 
some time at the Rainbow mines and later about 1929 
moved back to Brush Creek. 

In 1937 the family moved from Brush Creek to Henry 
Harriet Farm in Davis Ward and later buying the Charles 
William Place on Ashley Creek. This farm was sold and 
Arlie and Myrtle moved to Jensen in 1944 where the 
family still lives. Arlie enjoyed farming and raising sheep. 
His hobby was hunting arrowheads and has a nice 
collection. 

Arlie and Myrtle were parents of ten children; 
Theron and A.J. died at birth; Elaine, Ferris Gale, Blaine 
Lee, George Neil, Doyle G., JoAnn, Jimmy D., and Roger 
B. who died July 16, 1974. 

Arlie passed away April 12, 1974 in Jensen. 


MARVEL ELAINE MURRAY 


Marvel Elaine Murray, born Feb. 10, 1929 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Myrtle Gurr and Arlington John Murray. 



Elaine and Boyd Bascom 


Mark, Cathy, Boyd, Elaine, Karri, Brent. Beth, Christopher, 
Carina, Brett and Dennis Brandon, Lance, Scarlett, Alicia 


Mark Bascom 

Married Victor Boyd Bascom May 2, 1949. There were six 
children bom to them: 

1. Kenneth Lane Bascom; born Aug. 7, 1950. 

2. Dennis Boyd Bascom, born Dec. 12, 1952. 

3. Brent “M” Bascom; born Nov. 7, 1954. 

4. Lynda Bascom; born Jan. 27, 1957. 

5. Cathy Bascom, bom Aug. 15, 1959. 

6. Mark Alan Bascom; born Aug. 2, 1966. 




131 






Marvel was baptized Oct. 2, 1937. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowed Sept. 17, 1965, and sealed 
Sept. 17, 1965. 

I was born February 10, 1929 at the home of my 
grandparents George and Alice Gurr in Vernal. My 
parents Arlington (Arlie) John Murray and Myrtle Gurr. 

I spent most of my first six years on Brush Creek. 
Upon starting school, because of the distance to Jensen 
and no school bus I was taken to live with my maternal 
grandparents and started school at Naples Elementary. 

In my second year of school our family moved from 
Brush Creek to Ashley Creek in Davis ward. Seven years 
later Dad purchased the Wyman, Mantle, and Bullock 
farms and we moved to Jensen. 

I graduated from Uintah High School in 1948 and 
married Victor Boyd Bascom, son of Victor Lloyd Bascom 
and Gladys Eliza Holmes on May 2, 1949 in Salt Lake City. 
It was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. 

We are parents of six children: Kenneth Lane, Dennis 
Boyd, Brent M., Lynda Cathy and Mark Alan. 



Beth and Kenny Bascom, Malia and 


KENNETH LANE BASCOM 

Kenneth Lane Bascom, born Aug. 7, 1950 in Butte, 
Silver Bow Co., Mont., to Marvel Elaine Murray and 
Victor Boyd Bascom. Married Beth Estelle Wilson Oct. 
10, 1977. There has been one child born to them: 
Christopher Lane Bascom; born Dec. 26, 1978. Kenneth 
was baptized May 2, 1959. 

Married Nancy Rae Cook Nov. 14, 1970. There was 
one child born to them: Malia Lyn Bascom; bom Sept. 5, 
1974. 

Kenny grew up in Jensen attending Jensen 
elementary and graduating from Uintah High School in 
1968 and attending one quarter at Utah State in Logan. 

He enlisted in the Marine Air Corp taking his basic 
training in California. He spent the next three years in 
Hawaii where he was promoted to Sergeant. He was 
honorably discharged in June of 1974. 

Kenny married Nancy Rae Cook, daughter of Hal 
Leonard Cook and Carma Rae Bowthrop, November 14, 
1970 in Vernal. They are parents of one daughter, Malia 



Kenneth Lane Bascom Christopher Lane Bascom 


Lyn. They were later divorced. 

On October 10, 1978 Kenneth married Beth Estelle 
Wilson, daughter of L.J. Wilson and Billie Mac McGriff. 
They were married in Elko, Nevada and are the parents of 
a son Christopher Lane. Beth has a daughter from a 
previous marriage, Jamie Lynn Burton. 

Kenny is a Mud Engineer employed by IMCO. 



DENNIS BOYD BASCOM 


Dennis attended Jensen and Naples Elementary 
Schools and Uintah High. 

He married Carma Rae Colton, daughter of Edward 
Colton and Colleen Rasmussen May 26, 1973 in Vernal, 
Utah. 

Dennis has worked as a driller for Signal Drilling Co. 
and as shop foreman for Weatherford-Lamb and Dalgarno 
Trucking. 

Dennis and Carma make their home in Vernal and 
are parents of three children: Scarlett, Lance Wayne, 
Brett Cody. 

Dennis Boyd Bascom, bom Dec. 12, 1952 in Vernal, 


132 











Uintah, Utah, to Marvel Elaine Murray and Victor Boyd 
Bascom. Married Carma Rae Colton May 26, 1973. There 
have been three children born to them. 

1. Scarlett Bascom; born Nov. 12, 1974. 

2. Lance Wayne Bascom; born March 26, 1976. 

3. Brett Cody Bascom; born March 23, 1979. 
Dennis was baptized Dec. 31, 1960. 



BRENT “M” BASCOM 

Brent "M" Bascom, born Nov. 7, 1954 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Marvel Elaine Murray and Victor Boyd 
Bascom. Married Tamara Ann Moritzky April 19, 1975. 


There was one child born to them: Alicia Bascom; bom 
Nov. 23, 1976. 

Brent was baptized May 4, 1963. 

Married Karri Fay Dalton Nov. 14, 1979. 

Brent attended Jensen Elementary and graduated 
from Uintah High School. He has worked as a driller for 
Signal Drilling Co. and as tool pusher for Rio Grande 
Drilling Co. 

Brent and Tamera are divorced. He married Karri 
Fay Dalton, daughter of Robert Allen Dalton and Iris 
Coleen Gage, November 14, 1979 in Vernal, Utah. 



Charles and Lynda Hagman 



Hagman Amanda Hagman 

LYNDA BASCOM 



Lynda Bascom, bom Jan. 27, 1957 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Marvel Elaine Murray and Victor Boyd Bascom. 
Married John Charles Hagman Sept. 24, 1976. There have 
been two children born to them. 

1. John “L” Hagman; born March 24, 1977. 

2. Amanda Hagman; born Dec. 18, 1979. 

Lynda was baptized March 6, 1965. 

Attended Jensen Elementary through fourth grade. 
The school was then closed and she finished grade school 
at Central Elementary graduating from Uintah High 
School in 1975. 

She married John Charles Hagman, son of John L. 
Hagman Jr. and Leona Mae Means, September 24, 1976 in 
Elko, Nevada. They are living in Glendive, Montana and 
are parents of two children: John (L. (Jack), Amanda. 


133 





Brent and Cathy Richardson 



Brandon G. Richardson 
CATHY BASCOM 


Cathy Bascom, born Aug. 15, 1959 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Marvel Elaine Murray and Victor Boyd Bascom. 
Married Brent “G” Richardson August 12, 1977. There 
have been two children born to them. 

1. Brandon “G” Richardson; bom Dec. 17, 1977. 

2. Meghan Elaine Richardson; bom December, 1980. 

Cathy was baptized Nov. 4, 1967. 

Married Brent G. Richardson, son of Gary 
Richardson and Monta Rae Caldwell. 

Cathy attended Jensen, Central and Naples 
Elementary Schools, graduating from Uintah High School 
in 1977. 



Ferris Gale Murray 
FERRIS GALE MURRAY 


Ferris Gale Murray, bom Oct. 3, 1931 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Myrtle Gurr and Arlinton John Murray. 
Married Beverly Jean Kendall May 6, 1952. 

There were ten children born to them; 

1. Rodney Gale Murray; born Dec. 29, 1952. 

2. Julie Dawn Murray; bom Aug. 28, 1957. 

3. Randy Lee Murray; born Oct. 10, 1959. 

4. David Lynn Murray; bom Aug. 31, 1961. 

5. Gwendolyn Murray; born Jan. 2, 1965. 

6. Leisa Gay Murray; born Aug. 5, 1966. 

7. April Michelle Murray; born April 25, 1972. 

8. Ryan Shane Murray; born Oct. 25, 1973. 

9. Angela Jean Murray; bom March 3, 1975. 

10. Eric Charles Murray; born April 16, 1976. 

Ferris was baptized June 1, 1940. 

FERRIS GALE MURRAY 

I was born Oct. 3, 1931 in Vernal, Utah, the second of 
eight children, to Arlington John and Myrtle Gurr 
Murray. We lived on Brush Creek until I was six years old 
then we moved to Davis Ward. I attended school in 
Jensen, Naples and Vernal. I helped run a farm with my 
family and on May 6,1952,1 married Beverly Jean Kendall 
who is the daughter of Charles Hyrum Kendall and Wilma 
Hodgkinson. In December of that year I went into the 
army and for the next two years I served in Germany and 
Austria. 

Beverly and I have had ten children, Rodney Gale, 
Julie Dawn, Randy Lee, David Lynn, Gwendolyn Jean, 
Leisa Gay, April Michelle, Ryan Shane, Angela Jean, Eric 
Charles. Gwendolyn died Jan. 2, 1965. 


134 








Ferris and Beverly Kendall Murray. Leisa, Cami, David, Charity, 
Randy and Randy, Dru, Julie, Tara, Scarlett, Rodney, Angela 
April, Ryan, Eric. 


Ferris Murray, (picture on right) son of Arlie Murray, owns and 
operates this modern thresher in the fields that his Father farm¬ 
ed, and does custom jobs also. 


Below: Thrashing machine the first one brought to the Valley 
owned and operated by Jeremiah Murray and sons. "Horse 
Power.” Bottom: First Steam Power Thrashing Machine in Uin¬ 
tah Basin owned and operated by Jeremiah and his Sons. 



. sf-:? 


















Randy and Julie Murray Miller, Charity and Tara Richard 


JULIE DAWN MURRAY 


Julie Dawn Murray, born Aug. 28, 1957, to Beverly 
Jean Kendall and Ferris Gale Murray. Married Randy 
Dwayne Miller Nov. 21, 1975. There are three children 
born to this union: Charity Ann Miller, born April 21, 
1977; Tara Lynn Miller, born March 23, 1978, and Richard 
Dwayne, born April 25, 1980. Julie was baptized Sept. 4, 
1965. 

I was my parent’s second child. We lived in Jensen 
where I attended grade school and my father ran a farm. I 
went to Vernal to finish my high school years. I also had 
four years of seminary at this time. After graduating from 
school, I married Randy Dwayne Miller on Nov. 21, 1975. 
We have three children, Charity Ann, born April 21, 1977, 
Tara Lynn, born March 23, .1978, and Richard Dwayne 
born April 25, 1980. I have held various positions in the 
Church throughout my life. 


Rodney, Scarlette Hacking Murray 


RODNEY GALE MURRAY 


Rodney Gale Murray, bom Dec. 29, 1952 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Beverly Jean Kendall and Ferris Gale 
Murray. Married Linda Jean Watkins August 26, 1971. 
There was one child bom to them: 1. Shirlyne Murray; 
born July 23, 1972. Rodney was baptized Dec. 31, 1960. 

I was the oldest son of Ferris Gale Murray and Beverly 
Jean Kendall. I attended school in Jensen and Vernal. My 
family lived in Jensen until I was 18 then we moved to 
Vernal where I met and married Linda Jean Watkins on 
August 26, 1971. She is the daughter of Shirley Watkins 
and Delma Buist. We have one daughter Shirlyne bom 
July 23, 1972. We were divorced. 


Randy and Dru Ellen Jacobson Murray 


RANDY LEE MURRAY 


Raney Lee Murray, born Oct. 10, 1959 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Beverly Jean Kendall and Ferris Gale 


Shirlyne Murray 












Murray. Married Dru Ellen Jacobsen, Aug. 24, 1979. 
Randy was baptized March 2, 1968. 

My family ran a farm so at an early age I learned to 
run a lot of different farm machinery. I attended schools 
in Jensen and Vernal and also at this time attended the 
LDS seminary for four years. After graduating I married 
Dru Ellen Jacobsen, Aug. 24, 1979, the daughter of Dallas 
Jacobsen and Eula Chew. 


Blaine Lee Murray 


BLAINE LEE MURRAY 

Blaine Lee Murray was born October 10, 1933 in 
Vernal, Utah, to Arlington John and Myrtle Gurr Murray. 

Blaine spent his childhood in Brush Creek until the 
family moved to Jensen in 1944. He received his schooling 
at the Jensen School and Vernal High School. Blaine quit 
school in 1952 and worked for A.C. Caldwell, but went 
back and graduated in 1953. After graduation he worked 
in Rangely, Colorado building the Moon Lake Electric 
Assn. Power Plant. 

Nov. 19, 1954, Blaine married Emma Lou Stewart, 
and in December of 1955 he was called to serve in the 
United States Army. Blaine was trained by the Army at 
Camp Carson, Colorado and then sent to Eielson Air 
Force Base to serve while living at North Pole, Alaska 
until his honorable discharge in October of 1957. 

After the Army he divorced Emma Lou in November 
and again worked in Rangely for Moon Lake. Dec. 30, 
1959 Blaine took Emma Jean McNaughton as his bride. 


Jerilyn, Manuel and Gail Cantu Scott Robert Cantu 

JERILYN MURRAY CANTU 

Jerilyn Murray Cantu, was born March 30, 1961 in 
Vernal, Utah to Blaine Lee and Emma Jean McNaughton 
Murray. 

Jerilyn was raised in Rangely, Colorado as the oldest 
living of six children. While in Rangely she attended 


Brenda, Jerilyn, Jean, Blaine, Sandy, Darlene and Brett Murray 


The marriage was solemnized Jan. 28, 1966 in the Salt 
Lake Temple. The couple lived in Vernal until after the 
birth of their third child. 

While living in .Vernal Blaine and Jean suffered the 
death of their oldest son. Scott Lee was born prematurely 
on May 3, 1960 and died two days later. Five more 
children were born. They are: Jerilyn, Brenda Lee, 
Sandra, Brett Blaine, and Darlene. Blaine and his family 
now live in Rangely, Colorado. 

Emma Jean is the daughter of James Taft and Evylen 
Massey McNaughton. 


137 






elementary school, Jr. high, and high school through the 
tenth grade. 

After quitting school Jerilyn wrecked her car, and 
met the man she would marry. On May 6, 1978, Jerilyn 
became the bride of Manuel Robert Cantu, the cop who 
investigated her accident. Manuel is the son of Manuel 
Pena and Cheska (Jessie) Dzierzyk Cantu. This was the 
third marriage for Manuel. He has two children by his first 
marriage. 

After their marriage Manuel and Jerilyn moved to 
Vernal, Utah where he would be a policeman and she 
would finish high school. Manuel and Jerilyn are the 
parents of a daughter, Gayle Marie, and a son, Scott 
Robert. 


Joe. Deborah, Kallie Price 

DEBORAH KAY MURRAY 

Deborah Kay Murray, born Sept. 16, 1956 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Rose Irene Bowden and George Neil 
Murray. Married Danial Joseph Price Jan. 26, 1974. There 
have been two children born to them: 

1. Joseph Kayle Price; born Sept. 22, 1974. 

2. Kallie Jo Price; bom May 26, 1976. 

Deborah was baptized Oct. 31, 1964. 


Craig and Dianna Murray Obermueller. Jason, Gwen. 
DIANNA MURRAY 

Dianna Murray, bom March 25, 1958 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Rose Irene Bowden and George Neil 
Murray. Married Craig Augustine Obermueller Feb. 19, 
1975. There have been two children born to them: 

1. Gwen Marie; bom Aug. 30, 1975. 

2. Jason; Jan. 21, 1977. 

Dianna was baptized April 2, 1966. 


Bob Murray, Danny Price. Deb. Diana. Craig Obermuller. Joe 
Price, George Rose, Gwen Obermuller, Dorene. and Rick 
Schatz. 


GEORGE NEIL MURRAY 

George Neil Murray, born April 25, 1935, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Myrtle Gurr and Arlington John Murray. 
Married Rose Irene Bowden Apr. 11, 1955. They have had 
four children bom to them: 

1. Deborah Kay, Sept. 16, 1956. 

2. Dianna, bom March 25, 1958. 

3. Doreene, bom Nov. 12, 1959. 

4. Robert Neil Murray, born Dec. 14, 1961. 

George was baptized April 1, 1944. 

He attended Naples and Jensen Elementary and 
Uintah High School. 

George married Rose Irene Bowden, daughter of 
Charley Bowden and Wanda Rose Basset, April 11, 1955 
in Vernal. 

They moved to Rangely, Colorado where George was 
employed by Fox construction. They next moved to 
Bonanza where George worked as mechanic for 
American Gilsonite Company. They moved back to 
Jensen and built their home and George went to work for 
Uintah School District where he is now employed. 

George and Rose have four children: Deborah Kay, 
Dianna, Doreene and Robert Neil. They also have six 
grandchildren. 


138 














■*—- a 

Rick and Doreene Murray Schatz. Cam mie Lee, and Dustin. 


DOREENE MURRAY 

Dorrene Murray, born Nov. 12, 1959 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Rose Irene Bowden and George Neil 
Murray. Married Ricky Lee Schatz April 19, 1976. There 
have been two children born to them: 

1. Camie Lee Schatz; born Oct. 15, 1976. 

2. Dustin Daniel Schatz; born July 7, 1978. 
Doreene was baptized Feb. 3, 1968. 



Brad, Dana, Doyle, Cleo, Greg and Derk Murray. 



DOYLE “G” MURRAY 

Doyle “G” Murray, born May 23, 1937 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Myrtle Gurr and Arlington John Murray. 
Married Cleo Kathryn Labrum Oct. 24, 1957. There have 
been four children bom to them; 

1. Doyle Greg Murray; born March 31, 1958. 

2. Brad Murray, born Dec. 28, 1959. 

3. Dana Lynn Murray, born Dec. 5, 1961. 

4. Derk Roger Murray; bom Aug. 27, 1976. 

Doyle was baptized May 3, 1947. 

Doyle G. Murray was bom at the Lee Bennion place 
in Davis Ward on May 23, 1937, the son of Arlington 
John Murray and Myrtle Gurr. Doyle attended schools in 
Jensen and Vernal and joined the National Guard in 1954. 

He married Cleo Kathryn Labrum, daughter of 
Harden B. Labrum and Gladys Rasmussen, October 24, 
1957 in Vernal, Utah. They have lived in Jensen all their 


139 









Gregg and Laura Caldwell Murray 


married life. They have four children: Doyle Greg (Jake), 
Brad (Ernie), Dana Lynn and Derk Roger. 

Doyle is a farmer, cattleman and can do most 
anything else. He built the house they live in and can 
repair most all equipment, both his and everybody elses. 
Doyle has done custom threshing as well as haying all over 
the valley for years. His boys have been a great help to 
him. 


Robert McCracken 

JoAnn married Robert Allison McCracken, son of 
William Wallace McCracken and Evelyn Moore Allison, 
May 31, 1971. To this union was born one son, John 
Wallace. 


DOYLE GREG MURRAYCp» t i' , w Bob and JoAnn moved their family to Farmington, 

New Mexico. Bob was employed by W.C. James and 


Doyle Greg Murray, born March 31, 1958, in Vernal, JoAnn managed Hobo Joe’s Family Restaurant. Robert 


Uintah, Utah, to Cleo Kathryn Labrum and Doyle “G” 
Murray. Married Laura Louise Caldwell June 1, 1979. 
Doyle was baptized March 2, 1968. One child was born to 
this union. Dustin Greg, born May 12, 1980. 

JOANN MURRAY 

Joann Murray, daughter of Arlington John Murray 
and Myrtle Gurr, was born October 14, 1943 in Vernal, 
Utah. She was one year old when the family moved to 
Jensen. She attended Jensen Elementary, Ashley Valley 
Jr. High and Uintah High Schools. 

She married Ted Slaugh, son of Lyle Slaugh and Ruby 
Gardiner, December 26, 1958 in Vernal, Utah. They are 
parents of six children: Carrie Ann, Steven, Penny Lee, 
Michael D. Slaugh and Terry. Ted and JoAnn were later 
divorced. 



(Bob) died of an accidental gun shot wound September 9, 
1979. JoAnn and family still reside in Farmineton. 


140 











CARRIE ANN SLAUGH 


Carrie Ann Slaugh, daughter of Ted Slaugh and Joann 
Murray, was born June 18, 1960 in Vernal, Utah. She 
attended Schools in Granger and Taylorsville, Utah. Annie 
married Wesley Lew Van Hooshier September 12, 1975 in 
Vernal, Utah. They are parents of three children: Chet 
Lew, Jessie Cole, Melissa Ann. They make their home in 
Farmington, New Mexico. 


Jimmy D. Murray 


PENNY LEE SLAUGH 

Penny Lee Slaugh, daughter of Ted Slaugh and Joann 
Murray, bom December 17, 1964 in Vernal, Utah. Penny 
attended schools in Granger and Taylorsville, Utah, 
Raton, New Mexico, Farmington, New Mexico and was an 
“A” student. Her hobby is roller skating. Penny is married 
to Michael Verdoot. They were married April 23, 1980, in 
Farmington, New Mexico. 


JIMMY “D” MURRAY 

Jimmy “D” Murray, bom Sept. 28, 1946 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Myrtle Gurr and Arlington John Murray. 
Married Gloria Jean Stewart June 3, 1967. There have 
been two children bom to them: 

1. Dwayne James Murray; bom April 6, 1968. 

2. Troy Murray; born Nov. 5, 1970. 

Jimmy was baptized March 26, 1955. 



Gloria, Jimmy, Troy and Dwayne Murray. 


Jimmy D. Murray was bom September 28, 1946 in 
Vernal, Utah to Arlington John Murray and Myrtle Gurr. 

Has lived in Jensen all his life. Attended Jensen 
Elementary and graduated from Uintah High School in 
1964. He joined the National Guard in 1965. Took his 
training in Fort Ord, California and his schooling at 
Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. He was 
honorably discharged in 1971. 


He works as a Driller and Tool Pusher in the oil fields. 
He married Gloria Stewart, daughter of Calvin 
Stewart and Dorothy Dugan, June 3, 1967 in Jensen, Utah. 
They are parents of two sons: Dwayne James, born April 
6, 1968, Troy Dean born November 5, 1970. 


141 








Roger and Lana Murray 



Roger B. Murray 


Jamie Lynn Murray 


ROGER B. (BUD) MURRAY 

Roger B. (Bud) Murray, was bom August 24, 1949 to 
Arlington John Murray and Myrtle Gurr. 

Bud was youngest of ten children. He attended grade 
school in Jensen and graduated from Uintah High School 
in 1967. He joined the army in 1969, and took his basic 
training at Fort Lewis, Washington and was then sent to 
Fort Riley, Kansas. He was a heavy equipment operator 
and was honorably discharged in December of 1971. 

He married Carolyn Rae Bowden, daughter of 
Donald Bowden and Betty Turner, August 30, 1968. They 
are parents of a daughter, Jamie Lynn. Bud and Carolyn 
were later divorced. 

Bud married Lana Dee Williamson, daughter of 
Shirley Dawayne Williamson and Wilma Idella Smuin, 
February 23, 1973. They had one daughter, Alisha Dawn 
who died three weeks after birth. Bud died July 16, 1974. 



Arthur Murray Ethel Howell Murray 


ARTHUR VALENTINE MURRAY 

Arthur Valentine Murray, bom Nov. 29, 1907, to 
Thomas Ward and Zinna Palistine Nickell Murray, in 
Vernal Uintah County, Utah. 

He married Ethel Howell March 19, 1934. They were 
later divorced. 

He worked in the Red Wash Oil Field as a roustabout 
and welders helper for E. Pederson. He was also a rancher 
and trapper. His hobbies were gardening and fishing. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, 
Mrs. Alma (Mamie) Preece and Mrs. Neil (Adelia) 
Soderberg; and two brothers, Jerry and Arlie. Funeral 
services were held Thursday, May 23, 1980 at 11 a.m. in 
the Jensen Ward Chapel. Burial was in the Jensen City 
Cemetery. 

Survivors are three sisters, Mrs. Edgar (Amanda) 
Jones, Vernal; Mrs. Jack (Fern) Extrum, Las Vegas, 
Nevada, and Mrs. Luther (Josephine) Stewart, Jensen; 
three brothers Albert Murray and Ward Murray Jensen; 
and Charles Murray, Provo. 



Josephine and Luther Stewart 


JOSEPHINE MURRAY 

Josephine Murray, bom Nov. 12, 1909 in Vernal, 
Utah, to Zinna Palestine Nickell and Thomas Ward 


142 









Murray Sr. Married Luther Jackson Stewart February 15, 
1928. There were three children born to them: 

1. Gene Stewart; born August 31, 1930. 

2. Rita Stewart; born Feb. 16, 1935. 

3. Stillborn; born and died June 17, 1941. 
Josephine was baptized Sept. 3, 1955. Her temple 

work has been done. Endowed March 10, 1965, and sealed 
March 10, 1965. 



Gene, Rita, Josephine and Luther Stewart. 


I, Josephine Murray Stewart was was born November 
12, 1909 in Maeser Ward at the home of my grandfather 
and grandmother Nickell. My parents were Thomas Ward 
Murray and Zinna Palestine Nickell Murray. 

When I was three weeks old, my parents moved from 
their home on the Green River to the Burton place on 
Brush Creek, which they named the JIN Ranch. JIN was 
my father’s brand. 

My father died when I was five years old. They owned 
a home in Vernal where we lived during the school 
months. I attended the Wilcox School the first two years. I 
stayed with my grandparents and went to school in Maeser 
my third year. Avis Watkins was my teacher. I stayed with 
my sister Amanda and went to the Central School my 
fourth year. I went back to Maeser to stay with my 
grandparents and started to school in my fifth year in 
Maeser. 

They were starting to hold school on Brush Creek 
that fall and needed all the children who lived on the 
Creek to be eligible. So, unfortunately, I was transferred 
to the Brush Creek school. They had all eight grades and 
one teacher in one room. It wasn’t the best set up in the 
world. 

I attended school at Jensen my eighth year and 
Uintah High for two years. I dropped out my sophomore 
year and went to work for and lived with my sister, 
Amanda who had moved to Jensen. 

I married Luther Stewart on February 15, 1928. We 
were blessed with two lovely children, a son Gene and a 
daughter Rita. They have brought us much joy. We lost 
our third child premature. 

Gene married Karen Warren and Rita married 
Karen’s brother Harold Auer Warren. Gene and Karen 
live in Vernal and Auer and Rita live in Jensen. 


Lute and I have lived in Jensen since our marriage 
with the exception of 4!/2 years at Raven Oil in Rangely 
where Lute worked for Ralph Bryson and Mike Cook as 
pumper and roust-a-bout. We went there in October of 
1953 and moved home in April of 1958. In March of 1968, 
we moved back to Rangely where Lute operated the City 
Water Plant. We moved to Jensen again in August of 1969. 

I have held the following positions in the church 
auxiliaries: MIA secretary, Primary secretary, teacher in 
the MIA, Primary, Sunday School and Relief Society. I 
have been counselor to six different Relief Society 
presidents in Jensen and one in Rangely. I served on the 
Craig Stake Relief Society Board as visiting teacher 
leader. I have been work director, quilting chairman and 
for 45 years have been a visiting teacher. 

We went to the temple on the 10th day of March 
1965. We have seven grandchildren and at the present 
time, six great-grandchildren. At the present time, I am 
counselor in the Relief Society to my daughter, Rita. I 
have enjoyed working with her. She is a choice person. As 
a family, we enjoy raising livestock, and a large garden, 
and farming. 



Michael. Joy, Stacy, Michelle, Gene and Karen Stewart 


GENE STEWART 

Gene Stewart, born August 31, 1930 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Josephine Murray and Luther Jackson 
Stewart. Married Karen LaRene Warren July 4, 1952. 

There were four children born to them. 1. Michelle 
Stewart, bom June 15, 1953. 

2. Michael Dru Stewart, bom March 4, 1955. 

3. Stacy Warren Stewart, bom March 7, 1957. 

4. Joy Allison Stewart, bom Nov. 11, 1964. 

Gene was baptized April 1, 1939. He has had his 
temple work done. Endowed Dec. 18, 1964 and sealed 
Dec. 18, 1964. 

They have five wonderul children. Michelle 
Solmonson, Michael Dru, Stacy Warren, Joy Allison 
Stewart and Kennie Lee Hacking. 

Gene is part owner of Uintah Engineering and Land 
Surveying. His interests and hobbies are boating, 
snowmobiling, hunting and fishing. 


143 







Ron and Michell, Melissa, Quinten and Drew Solmonson 


MICHELLE STEWART 

Michelle Stewart, born June 15, 1953 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Karen LaRene Warren and Gene 
Stewart. Married Ronald John Solmonson Apr. 23, 1971. 
There have been three children bom to them: 

1. Melissa Solomonson, bora March 25, 1972. 

2. Quentin Stewart Solomonson, bora March 28, 
1974. 

3. Drew Ron Solomonson, bora Nov. 25, 1978. 
Michelle was baptized August 5, 1961. She has had 

her temple work done. Endowed April 23, 1971 and sealed 
April 23, 1971. 

They live in Vernal with their three children, Melissa, 
Quentin, and Drew. Michelle enjoys art, ceramics, 
running and the out-of-doors. 



MICHAEL DRU STEWART 

Michael Dru Stewart, born March 4, 1955 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Karen LaRene Warren and Gene 
Stewart. Married Ann Rasmussen Aug. 9, 1974. There 
have been two children born to them: 

1. Megan Lee Stewart; born May 14, 1976. 

2. Ashley Marie Stewart; born April 1, 1978. 
Michael was baptized July 6, 1963. 


He was raised in Vernal and attended school there. 
And graduated from Uintah High in 1973. He married Aim 
Rasmussen in 1974. They live in Vernal and have two 
darling girls, Megan, 4, and Ashley, 2. 

Mike enjoys the out of doors hunting, fishing, and 
camping. He is employed at Uintah Engineering and Land 
Surveying. 



STACY WARREN STEWART 


Stacy Warren Stewart, the third child of Gene and 
Karen Stewart was bora March 7, 1957. 

Stacy lives in Vernal and works for his Dad at Uintah 
Engineering and Land Surveying. 

He married Karen Sue ‘OToole June 23, 1979. And 
recently baptized her into the LDS church. 

Stacy’s hobbies are race cars, and outside activities. 

KENNIE LEE HACKING 

Kennie Lee Hacking born July 2, 1964. She is the 
daughter of the late Kenneth B. Hacking and Connie 
Warren Hacking. She lives with Gene and Karen Stewart. 

She was head cheerleader at Vernal Jr. High. And is 
now on the gymnastics team and in Drill Team at Uintah 
High School. 

Kennie’s hobbies are swimming, skiing, sewing, 
gymnastics. She also has a way with young children. 

RITA STEWART 

Rita Stewart, bora Feb. 16, 1935 in Jensen, Uintah, 
Utah, to Josephine Murray and Luther Jackson Stewart. 
Married Harold Auer Warren March 18, 1954. There were 
three children born to them. 

1. Melanie Warren, born Nov. 14, 1955. 

2. Alisa Warren, born Nov. 11, 1957. 

3. Mont “E” Warren, bora May 12, 1961. 

Rita was baptized May 1, 1943. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowed Jan. 28, 1966 and sealed Jan. 
28, 1966. 

I, Rita Stewart Warren was born February 16, 1935 in 
Jensen, Uintah, Utah to Josephine Murray and Luther 
Stewart. I was baptized on May 1, 1943 into the LDS 
Church. I attended school through the eighth grade in 


144 







Alisa, Melanie, Mont, Rita, and Auer Warren. 


Jensen. High school years were spent at Uintah High in 
Vernal. Before getting married, I worked for Dr's. Seager 
and Spendlove in the Vernal Clinic and also at Mountain 
Bell as a telephone operator. 

I married Harold Auer Warren on March 18, 1954 in 
Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. We lived in Rangely, Colorado 
for twenty-two years where Auer was employed by 
Chevron Oil Company. During this time, we were blessed 
with three children: Melanie, Alisa and Mont E. 

On January 28, 1966, Auer and I were married for 
time and eternity and had our children sealed to us in the 
Salt Lake Temple. I have served in many various 
leadership positions in the church. At the present time I 
am Relief Society President in the Jensen Ward. 

We built our own home in Jensen on the farm I was 
raised on. We moved in June of 1976. Both of the girls had 
already graduated from high school but Mont finished 
school in Vernal. 

We have had a good life full of many spiritual and 
temporal blessings. We have enjoyed our children and our 
close family life. At the present time, our oldest child, 
Melanie, 24, is married and has a two year old boy and one 
due in August of 1980; Alisa is 22 and engaged to be 
married in March 1981; Mont E. is 19 and has just 
received a mission call to Chile. He enters the Language 
Training Center on July 31, 1980. We are all very proud 
and happy. Auer is still working for Chevron Oil in 
Rangely, Colorado and drives the 35 miles back and forth 
to work. 

We enjoy our place in Jensen with a large garden, 
berry patches, a few livestock, horse, etc. We especially 
enjoy being close together as a family. We work together 
with Mother and Dad on the farm and with the animals 
and garden. Mother is my homemaking counselor in the 
Relief Society and we have sure enjoyed working 
together. 


MELANIE WARREN 

Melanie Warren, born Nov. 14, 1955 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Rita Stewart and Harold Auer Warren. 



Melanie, Monty and Tyler Hewett 


Married Monty Phillip Hewett June 16, 1977. They have 
had one child bom to them: Tyler Auer Hewett, bora May 
7, 1978. 

Melanie was baptized Jan. 4, 1964. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowed June 10, 1977 and sealed 
June 16, 1977. 

I, Melanie Warren Hewett was born November 14, 
1955 in the Uintah County Hospital in Vernal, Uintah. 
Utah to Harold Auer and Rita Stewart. I attended school. 
Kindergarten through twelfth grade in Rangely, 
Colorado. On May 28, 1974, I graduated from Rangely 
High School. 

During my school years and childhood years spent at 
home, I enjoyed many church functions, took piano and 
dancing lessons and went on many hunting, fishing and 
camping trips with my family. I was made sacrament 
meeting pianist when I was 12 years old. I also played the 
music for MIA. I thoroughly enjoyed my music lessons 
and did well on the piano. My favorite subjects in school 
were Business classes and History. In High School my 
primary course of study was Business; including Shor¬ 
thand, Type, Accounting, etc. 

I enjoyed a close family relationship with my parents, 
brother and sister. I am the oldest of the three children. 
We had a good life and did many fun things together. I 
have fond childhood memories of the time spent on my 
Grandma and Grandpa Stewart’s (Mimi & Pap’s) farm in 
Jensen, Utah. 

After graduating from High School I attended 
Brigham Young University for three semesters. I learned a 
lot about life during this time and also learned more of 
music and business. 

In May of 1975, I ventured to Salt Lake City to find 
employment as a secretary. I was fortunate to find a very 
fine job and stayed with it until September of 1977. While 
living in Salt Lake City, I began writing to a missionary 
acquaintance of one of my girlfriends. We were soon best 
of friends and more. The missionary, Monty Phillip 
Hewett arrived home from his South Carolina Mission on 
April 7, 1977. We were married in the Salt Lake Temple 
on June 16, 1977. We continued to live in Salt Lake City 
until the end of September at which time Monty received 

145 







a transfer to the Safeway Store in Vernal, Utah. We 
moved to Jensen where we lived with my parents while we 
secured land and began building a home of our own. 

On May 7, 1978, Tyler Auer Hewett was born to us. 
The carpenters began framing our new home the day he 
came home from the hospital. We were so excited. After 
the basic structure was completed, Monty and I and my 
father, Auer Warren completed the home. We moved in 
on November 8, 1978. 

We have enjoyed our new home and Tyler very 
much. We have been busy putting in yards and building a 
garage. Our second child is expected in August of 1980 
and we are very happy. 



Della. Albert Murray, Maria, Wally Parkin, Linda Oaks, Lynne 
Massey and Jake Nay. 


ALBERT LEE MURRAY 

Albert Lee Murray, born Oct. 25, 1912 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Zinna Palestine Nickell and Thomas 
Ward Murray. Married Della Axie Johnson March 19, 
1937. There were five children born to them: 

1. Betty LaRae Murray, born Feb. 6, 1935. 

2. Myles Bee Murray, born June 2, 1936. Died June 
21, 1961. 

3. Gloria Tenny Murray, bom Nov. 23, 1930. Died 
Aug. 2, 1951. 

4. Larry Lee Murray; born Jan. 27, 1943. 

5. Foy Albert Murray; born Aug. 31, 1945. 

Albert was baptized Nov. 6, 1920. 

Albert Lee Murray, bom October 25, 1912 in Vernal 
to Thomas Ward Murray and Zinna Palestine Nickell. 

He was two years old when his father died. Albert 
(Ab) started school in Maeser where he lived with Pap and 
Granny Nickell and finished first, second and third grades. 
He moved with the family to Brush Creek where he 
completed his schooling at Brush Creek school and Jensen 
with teachers Irene Dudley and Jake Olsen. 

When twelve and thirteen he spent most of his time 
on Diamond Mountain with his uncle Jim and aunt May 
Nickell at their homestead helping out with the sheep 
herding. 

Ab and Ward in their early teenage years learned to 



i MB M m Ml M'S.- US ... 

Foy Murray Gloria Tenny Murray 


play the banjo and guitar by listening to Jimmy Roger 
records on the old phonograph. Whenever the family 
gathered there was always guitar playing and singing. 
They always enjoyed getting together playing their music 
and singing. Della, Abs wife usually joined the singing 
group. Years later in the mid 40's they sang over KJAM 
Vernal radio station as Cork, Ab and Hamaker. Cork 
being Corwin Snow, and Ab, Albert Ward was Hamaker. 

Ab spent seventeen years herding sheep for Am 
Caldwell on Blue Mountain and seven years herding for 
Bry Stringham. 

He married Della Axie Johnson a daughter of Hugh 
Johnson and Victoreen Eaton. They were married March 
19, 1934 in Vernal, Utah and are the parents of five 
children: Betty LaRae, Myles Bee, Gloria Tenny, Larry 
Lee and Foy. 

They were deeply sorrowed at the loss of twelve year 
old Tenny in 1951 on August 2 and Myles on June 21, 
1961. They made their home on Brush Creek. Gloria 
Tenny Murray born November 23, 1939, died August 
1951, Vernal, Utah. Foy Murray, born August 31, 1945 in 
Vernal, Utah. 



Maria, Lynne, Linda, Betty. 



BETTY LARAE MURRA Y 


Betty LaRae Murray, bom February 6, 1935 in 
Vernal, Utah, daughter of Albert Lee Murray and Della 
Axie Johnson. 

Married Wallace H. Parkin October 1, 1953 in Elko, 
Nevada. They are parents of three daughters: Linda, 
Lynne (twins) and Maria. 


146 













Linda and Ned Oaks 


LINDA PARKIN 


Jake, Lynne, Reed, Ryan, Amanda, Matthew 





V 

r ■ 




Fiji 

apijjfe 4 



Linda Parkin, born August 12, 1954 in Vernal, Utah, 
daughter of Wallace H. Parkin and Betty LaRae Murray. 

Linda married James Craig Sutton September 17, 
1971 in Vernal, Utah. They are parents of one son, Coby 
James. Are now divorced. 

Linda married Neldon Edwin Oaks April 14, 1978 in 
Elko, Nevada. They are parents of one daughter Abby 
Lee. 

Coby James Sutton, bom April 27, 1973, Vernal, 
Utah. 

Abby Lee Oaks, born July 7, 1978, Vernal Utah. 


LYNNE PARKIN 

Lynne Parkin, born August 12, 1954 in Vernal, Utah, 
daughter of Wallace H. Parkin and Betty LaRae Murray. 

Lynne married Bruce Nay December 18, 1970 in 
Vernal, Utah. They are parents of two sons Kyle Jake and 
Ryan Lyn. Lynne and Bruce are divorced. 

Lynne married Reed Massey November 19, 1976, they 
have two children, Mathew Van and Amanda LaRae. 

Kyle Jake Nay, born February 22, 1972 in Vernal, 
Utah. 


Ryan Lyn Nay, born October 27, 1973 in Vernal, 
Utah. 

Mathew Van Massey, bom September 17, 1977 in 
Vernal, Utah. 

Amanda LaRae Massey born September 8, 1978, 
Vernal, Utah. 



Linda Oaks, Coby, Sutton 


nd Frank 


MARIA PARKIN 

Maria Parkin, born March 25, 1956 in Vernal, Utah, 
daughter of Wallace H. Parkin and Betty LaRae Murray. 
Married Rick Martinsen in Vernal, Utah. Maria and Rick 


147 








MICHAEL BEE MURRAY 


Michael Bee Murray, born Feb. 4, 1957 in Vernal, 
Utah, son of Myles Bee Murray and Judy Claudette Waite. 
Married Susan Hansen. They are parents of three 
daughters: Mika Murray, Melissa Lee, Melinda Ann. 
Mika Sue Murray, born June 9, 1975 in Vernal, Utah. 
Melissa Lee Murray, born January 29, 1977 in Vernal, 
Utah. 

Melinda Ann, bom September 20, 1978 in Vernal, 


Utah. 



Vicky, Rick and Marcy Viler 


VICKY DEE MURRAY 

Vicky Dee Murray, born February 18, 1958 in Vernal, 
Utah, daughter of Myles Bee Murray and Vicky Claudette 
Waite. Married Rick Viler September 28, 1979. They have 
one daughter, Marcy Dee Viler, bom April 23, 1980 in 
Vernal, Utah. 

LARRY LEE MURRAY 

Larry Lee Murray, bom January 27, 1943 in Vernal, 
Utah, son of Albert Lee Murray and Della Axie Johnson. 

Married Charolette Mangrum. They are parents of 
two children, Corey Wade and Bridgette. They were later 
divorced. 

Larry married Tina (Estella) Carbajhal, September 
16, 1967. They have two children, Margo and Larry Lee Jr. 
Tina has a son, Mike Williams by a previous marriage. 

Corey Wade Murray, bom June 10, 1963, in Grand 
Junction, Colorado. 

Margo LaRae Murray, born November 18, 1967. 

Larry Lee Murray, bom August 20, 1969. 

Mik$ Williams, born October 13, 1961. 

Bridgette Murray, July, Grand Junction, Colorado. 



? 


Tina, Larry, Larry Lee, Margo, Mike Williams, Cory Wade 



Larry Lee Murray Larry Lee Murray, Jr. 


149 




Kay Murray, born Nov. 24, 1941 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Verna Hadlock and Thomas Ward Murray. 
Married Oliver Andrew Trujillo Sept. 11, 1957. There 
were four children bom to them: 

1. Verna Ann Trujillo, born Nov. 4, 1958. 

2. Kathryn Sue Trujillo, bom June 29, 1961. 

3. Kimberly Jo Trujillo, bom Aug. 2, 1963. 

4. Ward Quinn Trujillo, born Aug. 5, 1966. 

Kay was baptized Dec. 3, 1949. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowed March 10, 1965 and sealed 
March 10, 1965. 

Married Dell P. Hunting Aug. 1, 1975. There was one 
child born to them: Manda Cae Hunting, born Feb. 5, 
1977. 

Sealed Aug. 1, 1975. 


THOMAS MORGAN MURRAY 


Married Robert Terry Montgomery Feb. 24, 1956. There 
were three children bora to them: 

1. Robert Randy Montgomery, born Nov. 10, 1956. 

2. Lori Montgomery, bom March 25, 1958. 

3. Max Greggory Montgomery, bom April 17, 1959. 
Enola was baptized May 3, 1947 and sealed June 11, 

1964. 


ROBERT RANDY MONTGOMERY 

Robert Randy Montgomery, born Nov. 10, 1956 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah, to Enola Murray and Robert Terry 
Montgomery. Married Debra Ann Funk March 15, 1978. 
They have two children born to them: Nicholaus Bo, bom 
March 21, 1979, Nathanial R. born May 7,1980. 

Robert was baptized Dec. 5, 1964. He has had his 
temple work done. Endowed Jan. 2, 1976 and sealed 
March 15, 1978. 

MAX GREGGORY MONTGOMERY 

Max Greggory Montgomery, bom April 17, 1959 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah, to Enola Murray and Robert Terry 
Montgomery. Married Gail Ann Hall. Max was baptized 
June 3,1967. A son Greg H. Bom April 12,1980. 

KAY MURRAY 


Thomas Morgan Murray, bora June 22, 1945 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah, to Vema Hadlock and Thomas 
Ward Murray. Married Arlene Shepherd March 4, 1966. 
There have been four children born to them: 

1. Shawn Michael, bora May 25, 1967. 

2. Abby Murray, bom Oct. 25, 1970. 

3. Cable Morgan Murray, bom July 5, 1973. 

4. Bridger Monroe Murray, bom July 5, 1978. 
Thomas was baptized Feb. 13, 1954. His temple work 

has been done. Endowed March 6, 1967 and sealed March 
6, 1967. 


Enola. Dez, Tom, Kay Vema (Hadlock), and Ward Murray. 

THOMAS WARD MURRAY 

Thomas Ward Murray, born Feb. 16, 1915 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Zinna Nickell and Thomas Ward Murray 
Sr. Married Vema Hadlock Nov. 1,1937. There have been 
four children bora to them: 

1. Enola Murray, bom Oct. 13, 1938. 

2. Kay Murray, born Nov. 24, 1941. 

3. Thomas Morgan Murray, bora June 22, 1945. 

4. William Dez Murray, bora Nov. 21, 1950. 
Thomas was baptized Aug. 3, 1940. He has had his 

temple work done. Endowed Nov. 1, 1944 and sealed Nov. 
1, 1944. 


Robert (Terrie) and Enola Murray Montgomery, Max, Lorie and 
Randy. 

ENOLA MURRAY 

Enola Murray, bom Oct. 13, 1938 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, to Vema Hadlock and Thomas Ward Murray. 


/ 












Tom and Arlene Sheppard Murray and Shawn, Bridger, Cable, 
Abby. 



Dez and Carol Shiner Murray. Chancey, Jed, Ben, Jennie, 
Murray. 


WILLIAM DEZ MURRAY 

William Dez Murray, born Nov. 21, 1950 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Verna Hadlock and Thomas Ward 
Murray. Married Carol Ann Shiner Aug. 15, 1967. There 
have been four children bom to them: 

1. Chancey Dez Murray, born Jan. 27, 1970. 

2. Jed Morgan Murray, born Aug. 9, 1972. 

3. Ben Marland Murray, bom Aug. 1, 1975. 


j4. Jennie Marie Murray, bom April 28, 1977. 

William was baptized Jan. 31, 1959. His temple work 
has been done. Endowed March 17, 1972. Sealed March 
17, 1972. 

DEWARD MURRAY 

Deward Murray, born Dec. 20, 1933 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Lasca Polly Ainge and Thomas Ward 
Murray. Married Glennis Marie Van Nov. 19, 1954. There 
have been four children bom to them: 

1. DeLennis V. Murray, born April 8, 1956. 

2. Peter Kole Murray, bom Oct. 5, 1957. 

3. Brenda Sue Murray, bom July 11, 1960. 

4. DeeWard Murray, bom June 21, 1962. 

DELINNIS V. MURRAY 

pelinnis V. Murray, bom April 8, 1956 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Glennis Marie Van and Deward Murray. 
Married Kelly Joseph Bond April 2, 1976. They have had 


two children bom to them: 

1. Chrissy Marie Bond, born Oct. 9, 1976. 

2. Joseph Larry Bond, bora July 20, 1979. 



Charles Larry Murray 


CHARLES LARRY MURRAY 

Charles Larry Murray, bom May 26, 1919 in Maeser, 
Uintah, Utah, to Zinna Palestine Nickell and Thomas 
Ward Murray. Married LaRue Cottle July 19, 1946. There 
were five children bom to them: 

1. Linda Murray, born Aug. 4, 1947. 

2. Dennis Webster Murray, born Oct. 27, 1948. 

3. Diane Murray, born Feb. 8, 1952. 

4. Debra Murray, bom Dec. 7, 1954. 

5. Lowell Scott Murray, born Jan. 17, 1958. 

Charles was baptized March 24, 1934. He has had his 

151 













Charles and LaRue Murray. 


Theater with the 1049th Signal Corp attached to the Air 
Force. I was honorably discharged July 18, 1945. 

I returned to BYU in the fall of 1945. I met LaRue 
Cottle of Rexburg, Idaho who was also attending BYU. 
LaRue graduated from BYU in June 1946 and we were 
married July 19, 1946, in the Idaho Falls Temple. We have 
five children: Linda, Dennis Webster, Diane, Debra and 
Lowell Scott. 

I started work for the U.S. Post Office Department in 
the fall of 1947 and eventually graduated from BYU in 
June 1949. I retired from the U.S. post office in 1977 after 
completing twenty-nine years of work there as a letter 
carrier. 



Scott 


temple work done. Endowed July 19, 1946 and sealed July 
19, 1946. 

Charles Larry Murray was born May 26, 1919 in 
Maeser, Utah, where I lived with Pap and Granny Nickell 
until my mother, Zinna, was well enough to return to the 
JIN Ranch on Brash Creek six miles north of Jensen, Utah. 
It was here I spent my childhood days. I attended 
school for two years on Brush Creek where eight grades 
were taught in a one-room school house. Our teacer was 
Jake Olsen. 

After this school was closed I went to school in 
Jensen which necessitated riding a horse (Old Tiny) for 
twelve miles round trip. In Uintah High School I was 
active in sports and a member of the basketball cham¬ 
pionship team of 1939. I attended Brigham Young 
University in 1939 and 1940. 

The next year I found work in Hammond, Indiana 
and attended night school which was the extension of the 
University of Indiana. I also completed a business 
correspondence course from the American Technical 
Society of Chicago, Illinois. 

I joined the Armed Forces June 24, 1941 and served 
in NI irth Africa, Sicily, Italy, and China-India-Burma 



David, Linda Hardy, Janelle, Kimberly, Angela. 


LINDA MURRAY 

Linda Murray, bom Aug. 4, 1947 in Provo, Utah, 
Utah, to LaRue Cottle and Charles Larry Murray. Married 
David Ivin Hardy April 14, 1973. There have been three 
children bom to them: 

1. Angela Hardy, bom Aug. 18, 1975. 

2. Janelle Hardy, born Nov. 4, 1977. 


152 


wmmmmam 








3. Kimberly Hardy, born May 10, 1979. 

Linda was baptized Sept. 25, 1955. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowed April 13, 1973 and sealed 
April 14, 1973. 

Linda Murray, daughter of Charles L. and LaRue 
Cottle Murray bom August 4, 1947 the first child of 
Charles and LaRue born at the Utah Valley Hospital in 
Provo, Utah. 

I began school at kindergarten at Page school in 1952 
for two years finished the third through sixth at Edgemont 
Elementary and graduated from high school in 1965. 
While attending BYU I worked at the BYU press as a 
binder. 

During the year 1968 I participated in the Hill 
Cumorah Pageant and also that summer I traveled to 
Hawaii with my parents and brothers and sisters. My 
father had a Letters Carriers Convention there and it was a 
very exciting family vacation. 

After graduating from BYU with a composite Major 
in elementary education and child development and 
family relations in August 1970 I went to Garden Grove 
California and taught first grade at Simmons Elementary. 
In the fall of my third year teaching at Simmons school I 
met David Ivin Hardy and we were married that Spring, 
April 14, 1973. 

In December of that year we moved to Salt Lake City 
and I taught kindergarten at Peruvian Park Elementary in 
the Jordan School District for one year. 

In the summer of 1975 August 18, I gave birth to my 
first child, a little girl, and named her Angela Hardy. Then 
two years later we were blessed with another little girl, 
Janelle, November 4, 1977. Then 18 months later, May 10, 
1979, Kimberly was bom. Now I am a full time mother and 
wife and David is the controller for North American 
Weather Consultants. 



Dennis and Cynthia, Elizabeth, Brian, Catherine, Murray. 


DENNIS WEBSTER MURRAY 

Dennis Webster Murray, born Oct. 27, 1948 in Provo, 
Utah County, Utah, to LaRue Cottle and Charles Larry 
Murray. Married Cynthia Ann Dillistone Aug. 18, 1971. 
There have been three children bom to them: 


1. Elizabeth Anne Murray, born April 8, 1973. 

2. Brian Nickell Murray, born July 17, 1976. 

3. Catherine Gracalie Murray; bom Jan. 8, 1979. 
Dennis was baptized Oct. 28, 1956. His temple work 

has been done. Endowed April 3, 1968 and sealed August 
18, 1971. 


DENNIS W. MURRAY 

Dennis W. Murray, I am the oldest son of Charles 
“Chuck” and LaRue C. Murray. I was the second child of 
five, on a Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1948 at three minutes past 
midnight at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah. I 
weighed eight pounds and eleven ounces, twenty inches 
long. 

I began talking at an earlier age than my sisters or 
brother. In Nov. 1951, at the age of three I was stricken 
with Spinal poliomyelitis. I was hospitalized for physical 
therapy treatments for about six weeks. I know I was 
greatly blessed, because I was not physically handicapped 
to any significant degree. 

I received my schooling through elementary and high 
school in the Provo and Orem area and graduated May 27, 
1966, also three year graduate from LDS seminaries May 
20, [1966. I filled a mission for the church in the Western 
Canadian mission from March 5, 1968, to March 25, 1970. 

I truly enjoyed serving and love and respect the 
Canadian people. In Aug. 1970, I attended College at 
Ricks, in Rexburg Idaho for one year. June 1971, I began 
woijking for U.S. Postal service and am presently at the 
Prok'o Post Office and attending BYU where I will 
graduate soon. 

I married Cyntha Dillistone on Aug. 18, 1971 in the 
Salt Lake Temple. My wife was born in Ashland Ken¬ 
tucky, on Dec. 14, 1950, to Herbert William and Gracalie 
Wroten Dillistone. The oldest of four children, she came 
to Utah to visit with friends Nov. 18, 1969. We met in 
church, Edgemont second ward, shortly after I came 
home from my mission. It was not long before she 
proposed marriage to me. We have three children: 

1. Elizabeth Ann. bom April 8, 1973. 

2. Bryan Nickle, born July 17, 1976. 

3. Cayherine Gracalie, born Jan. 8, 1979. 

These children were all born at the Utah Valley 
Hospital, Provo Utah. We love these little children, we 
have been blessed with and express love and appreciation 
for my wonderful parents, they have always set the proper 
example for me. We are all so thankful for them. 

DIANE MURRAY 

Diane Murray, bom Feb. 8, 1952 in Provo, Utah Co., 
Utah, to LaRue Cottle and Charles Larry Murray. Married 
Jeffrey Ray Groom July 31, 1976. Diane was baptized Feb. 
28, 1960. She has had her temple work done. Endowed 
July 13, 1976. Sealed July 31, 1976. 

I lived with my parents in Provo, Utah when I was 
growing up in Edgemont Ward East Sharon Stake, now 
called Edgemont 11 Ward, Edgemont Stake. I was active 
in church and loved their camping and sports program. 


153 






HKnoPri' 'c£* .... .-*2 
Blair and Debra Murray Tucker, Kelly, Suzanna, Shandra. 


Jeff and Diane Murray Croom 

I attended Edgemont elementary and was bussed 
across town to Dixon Jr. High School and then I attended 
Provo High School and then to College. B YU rejected me, 
said my grades were too low. 

After checking out Dixie Jr. college I decided on 
Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, my Mom’s home town 
and where she was student body president. I attended 
Ricks, which was a hard act to follow. I never made 
student government, but did make the honor roll. BYU 
could not say no now, so the next step was BYU. I loved it 
and I still do. 

My first job as a car-hop at age sixteen, with A and W 
Root beer, gave me exposure to the public and interaction 
with people. I met a lot of people and started dating. My 
next job was at Ivans Drug Store in down town Provo as a 
Fountain Waitress from 1969 to 1973 which paid for most 
of my college education. Next I went into Radiology at 
Utah Valley Hospital while training to become a 
technician in X-ray. I decided to go into nursing, was 
accepted at Salt Lake City BYU Extension Center. I 
trained at the LDS Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital, 
Cottonwood Hospital and Utah State Mental Hospital. 

After graduation I worked at Utah Valley Hospital as 
a registered nurse where I met Jeffrey Ray Croom, he was 

154 


working in the Respiratory care Department. While at¬ 
tending BYU he was converted to the LDS church, the 
only LDS member in his family. He served a mission in the 
Manitoba-Minnesota mission field. We were married July 
31, 1976 in the Provo Temple. The Thomas family at¬ 
tended, James Thomas and Charles L. Murray were our 
witnesses. On our honeymoon I met part of Jeff's family 
for the first time. 

We continued working at the hospital and going to 
BYU till July 1977, and moved to Port Townsend, Wash. 
Jeff worked for his father in construction. I worked part 
time at the Port Townsend clinic, and Kah Tai Care 
Center. Jeff was unemployed for seven months. Then he 
was employed by Crown Zellerbach, he worked four 
months and the Union went out on strike for seven 
months. He was placed (on call) and had very little work, 
but got a few odd jobs. We then decided to open up a 
business of our own so Jeff would have job security. Six 
months later Crown Zellerbach called Jeff back. I ter¬ 
minated my job and began working in our store full time. 

We belong to Port Townsend Ward, Silverdale Stake. 
Jeff is ward mission leader and one of the seven presidents 
in the stake. I am home making teacher in Relief Society. 
We purchased a home in 1978 and enjoy raising rabbits, 
ducks, chickens, and turkeys. We grow a good garden 
every year and love the climate and landscape of this area. 


r " 


DEBRA MURRAY 

Debra Murray, born Dec. 7, 1954 in Provo, Utah 
County, Utah, to LaRue Cottle and Charles Larry Murray. 
Married Neil Blair Tucker March 2, 1974. There have 
been three children born to them: 

1. Kelly Tucker, bom March 25, 1975. 

2. Shandra Tucker, born Dec. 27, 1976. 

3. Suzanne Tucker, bom June 29, 1979. 

Debra was baptized Jan. 27, 1963. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowed Feb. 26, 1974 and sealed 
March 2, 1974. 




MARY MURRAY MERKLEY FAMILY 



MARY LOVINA MURRAY 

Mary Lovina Murray was born Jan. 27, 1873 in 
Spanish Fork Utah, to Jeremiah Hatch Murray and Mary 
Ashby. She married Charles Albert Merkley in Vernal, 
May 28, 1888. Died March 23, 1947. They had 11 children; 
Charles Albert bom Dec. 27, 1888. Died Jan. 10, 1889. 
Samuel Murray born Dec. 25, 1890. Died Dec. 3, 1964. 
Married Lauretta Henery, July 23, 1910. Girtrude, bom 
Feb. 4, 1892. Died May 10, 1978. Married Grover Ray 
Johnson, Dec. 21, 1910. Clara, bom July 9, 1895. Married 
John Hislop, May 13, 1914. Joseph Nelson, born Jan. 3, 
1899. Died March 15, 1963. Married Mary Luella 
Swensen, April 3, 1918, Emiline, born Mar. 1, 1901. 
Married William Horton Varley, July 20, 1921. Jeremiah, 
born Sept. 16, 1903. Died Dec. 29, 1956. Married Elva 
Butler, Dec. 3, 1905. Sidney Franklin, born Sept. 20, 1906. 
Died Jan. 15, 1971. Married Carrie Burton, Dec. 29, 1925. 
Ward Edward, bom May 8, 1909. Died May 2, 1976. 
Married Reva Horrocks, Jan. 17, 1934. Sarah born Aug. 6, 
1911. Married Jody Engelberson, Dec. 26, 1931. Borden 
Hugh born Jan. 6, 1914. Died Dec. 28,1920. 

Mary was a good cook. Nobody come to her home 
and went away hungry. A grandson, Tad would run away 
to go get a hot biscuit of Grandma’s. They were buttermilk 
biscuits. They would always have for breakfast, coffee, hot 
buttermilk biscuits, ham or bacon, and eggs. They cured 
their own meat in their smoke houses. Arvid said he 
remembered Grandpa slicing real thin slices of ham and 
eating it. Grandma would put a five gallon can of honey 



Clara. Emiline, Sarah, (Tub) Ward, and Girtrude Merkley. 


on the warming oven, lay it down and let the honey melt 
and run into another container. 

Mary would make butter and raise turkeys to sell. She 
was a hard worker and liked everybody. When she went to 
town in the buggie with Brownie hitched to the buggy she 
would talk to everybody. Tub said, ‘ “everytime she would 
say hello Brownie would stop.” 

Charley tended the bucks at Buck Pasture for several 
years. He was a good farmer which he handed down to his 
sons. They were good farmers also. Charley worked on the 
thresher. 

Grandma had a stroke in the spring of 1928. She was 
in a wheel chair almost 20 years. 

SAMUAL MURRAY MERKLEY 

Samual Murray Merkley, born Sept. 25, 1890, to 
Charles Albert and Mary Lavina Murray Merkley, at 
Vernal, Uintah Co. Utah. He married LaRetta Henry July 
24, 1910 in Vernal. LaRetta was born Sept. 23, 1890, in 
Vernal, eight children were born to this marriage. 

1. Hilda Merkley born Mar. 13, 1911 in Vernal. 

2. Dora Merkley, born Jan. 28,1913 in Vernal. 

3. Earl H. Merkley, born Jan. 11,1915 in Vernal. 

4. Lois Merkley, bom Jan. 28, 1919. 

5. Grace Merkley, bom Dec. 14, 1920, in Lapoint 
Utah. 

6. Lynn A. Merkley born Dec. 12, 1922 in Lapoint. 

7. Ezra B. Merkley, bom Nov. 16, 1925 in Lapoint. 

8. Mary Merkley, bom April 9, 1927 in White Rocks, 
Uintah Co. Utah. 


155 




HILDA MERKLEY REYNOLDS HATCH 

Hilda Merkley Reynolds Hatch, born to Samual 
Murray and LaRetta Henry Merkley Reynolds, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married Feb. 24, 1926, Floy Otis 
Reynolds in White Rocks Uintah Co. Utah. Marriage later 
solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City Utah. 
Six children were born to this Union. 

1. Charles Eben born Apr. 17, 1927, at White Rocks 
Uintah Co. Utah. 

2. Margaret May, born Dec. 24, 1928, Leota Wichita 
Co. Kansas. 

3. Floyd Murray, bom Feb. 18, 1930 at Amy Lincoln 
Co. Colo. 

4. Alma Lauretta bom Aug. 6, 1930 in Vernal Utah. 

5. Hyrum Eugene, bom Jan. 27, 1935 in Vernal Utah. 

6. Marjory Doreen, bom Nov. 18, 1937, in Jensen 
Uintah Co. Utah. 

Floy Otis Renolds Died Nov. 4, 1973. 

Hilda married Ralph Hatch Jan. 10, 1978, Ralph was 
serving in the Provo Temple at that time and Hilda joined 
him in the service and they are both still serving in the 
Lords work. 

CHARLES EBEN REYNOLDS 

Charles Eben Renolds, bom April 17, 1927, to Floy 
Otis and Hilda Merkley Reynolds, at Whitrocks, Uintah 
County Utah. Married Doreen, Lamas June 17, 1952. 

MARGARET MAY REYNOLDS WIGGINS 

Margaret May Reynolds Wiggins, born Dec. 24, 1928 
to Floy Otis and Hilda Merkley Reynolds, Leota Wichita 
County, Kansas, Married George Thomas Wiggins, Jan. 
21, 1946. Seven children came to this marriage. 

1. Doris Jane, bom Feb. 21, 1946 in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. 

2. Connie Jean, bom April 1, 1948, in Peonia, Colo. 

3. Ronald Charles, born Sept. 15, 1954, in Toole Utah. 

4. Floyd Byers, bom Oct. 7, 1956, in Toole Utah. 

5. Donald Ray, bom Jan. 15, 1957, in Tooele Utah. 

6. Lynnette Joy, bom Sept. 11, 1961, in Tooele Utah. 

7. Loyde Ross, bom Feb. 17, 1964 in Tooele Utah. 

DORIS JEAN WIGGINS 

Doris Jean Wiggins, born Feb. 21, 1947 to George 
Thomas and Margaret May Reynolds at Vernal Uintah, 
Utah. Married Arnold Keith Burr, Oct. 30, 1964 in the 
Swiss Temple. Four children born to them. 

1. Arnold Keith,May 25, 1965, at Ogden, Utah. 

2. Bruce Deon, bom Jan. 6, 1967, at Frankfort, 
Germany. 

3. Wayne Dee, bom Aug. 21, 1969, at Ogden Utah. 

4. Carrie Diana, bom May 12, 1972, at Ogden Utah. 

Doris divorced Arnold Keith Burr, 1974, and Married 

Frank Warner in June 1978. 


CONNIE JEAN WIGGINS 

Connie Jean Wiggins, bora to George Thomas and 
Margaret May Reynolds Wiggins, April 1, 1949 in Peonia, 
Colo. Married Ronald Lewis Brannon born May 17, 1949 
in Tooele Utah. Two little girls were born to these parents. 

1. Karen Meghelle bom Jan. 17,1969, in Tooele Utah. 

2. Pamela Jean, bom Mar. 8, 1971, in Tooele Utah. 


RONALD CHARLES WIGGINS 

Ronald Charles Wiggins, bom Sept. 15, 1954, to 
Charles Thomas and Margaret May Wiggins, at Tooele 
Utah, Married Debra Jean Waldrop May 28, 1976. 

1. Little Mellissa Mechelle was born Mar. 23, 1978. 


FLOYD BYERS WIGGINS 

Floyd Byers Wiggins, bom to George Thomas and 
Margaret May Reynolds Wiggins Oct. 7, 1956, at Tooele 
Utah. Married Lois Marie Dehner. 

A baby girl was born Mar. 23, 1979, in Tooele Utah 
her name' is Angela Marie Byers. 

DONALD RAY WIGGINS 

Donald Ray Wiggins, bom Jan. 15, 1957 to George 
Thomas and Margaret May Reynolds Wiggins in Tooele 
Utah. 


LYNNETTE JOY WIGGINS VILLALOBES 

Lynette Joy Wiggins Villalobes, born to Margaret 
May Reynolds and George Thomas Wiggins, on Sept. 11, 
1961, in Tooele Utah, Married Jos's Luis Villalobes. Two 
Children have been bom to them. 

1. Jolyn born Feb. 28, 1977, in Douglas Wyoming. 

2. Thomas Luis bom June 19, 1979, at Salt Lake Cky, 
Utah. 

\) FLOYD MURRAY REYNOLDS 

Floyd Murray Reynolds, born Feb. 18, 1930 in Amy, 
Lincoln County, Colo. Married Vera Maxine Goodwin, 
July 21, 1951, this marriage ended in divorce and Floyd 
married Jacqueline Teresa Smuin Mathews May 26, 1973. 

ALMA LAURETTA REYNOLDS HOLMES 

Alma Lauretta Reynolds Holmes, bom Aug. 6, 1931 
to Floyd Otis and Hilda Merkley Reynolds, at Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah, married Lyle Holmes, April 17, 1948. 
Two children were bom of this union. 

1. Lorin Reed Holmes, bom May 17, 1951, at Vernal 
Uintah County Utah. 

2. Elaine Homes, bom June 10, 1954, at Vernal, Utah. 


156 







LORIN REED HOLMES 

Lorin Reed Holmes, born May 17, 1951, to Lorn Reed 
and Alma Lauretta Reynolds Holmes. At Vernal Uintah 
Co., Utah. Married Susan Alana Smith May 17, 1974 in 
Vernal Utah. They have two beautiful daughters. 

1. Brook Elizabeth, bom Nov. 4, 1975, in Roosevelt 
Utah. 

2. Felecia Lauretta born Mar. 7, 1978 in Roosevelt 
Utah. 

They had their marriage solemnized in the Provo 
Temple May 4, 1977. 

ELAINE HOLMES ANDERSON 

Elaine Homes Anderson, bom June 10, 1954, to Lyle 
and Alma Lauretta Reynolds, in Vernal Uintah Utah. 
Married Wiliam George Anderson, Nov. 2, 1973, in 
Vernal Utah. A son Christopher William was born Mar. 
30, 1977 in Roosevelt Utah, and a daughter Courtney was 
born Mar. 14, 1979 in Roosevelt Utah. 

Their wedding was solemnized in the Provo Temple, 
Provo, Utah June 25, 1976. 

LOIS MERKLEY WALKER 


Lois Merkley Walker, born Jan. 28, 1919 to Samual 
Murray and Lauretta Henry Merkley in Vernal Uintah 
County, Utah, married Asael Oscar Walker, April 10, 
1935, born Sept. 18, 1912, at Peoa Summit Utah. The 
following children were born to them. 

1. Lucille, born Jan. 18,1936, at Vernal Utah. 

2. Oscar Lee, bom July 1, 1937, at Mountain Home 
Utah. Married Eula Rae Johnson. 

_ 3. Earl Willis , bom Oct. 7, 1938, at Roosevelt, Utah. 

'"Married Patricia Magee. 

4. Charles Allen, bom May 5, 1941, at Duchesne, 
Utah. Married Flossie Odell Haslem. 

5. Sharon, bom Oct. 1, 1943, at Kamas, Utah Married 

"Bryce Asel Green. 

6. Baby, bom March 5, 1946 at Vernal Utah. 

Earl Willis divorced Patricia Magee. Married Elaine 
Douglas Dec. 24, 1972. 

Sharon divorced, Bryce Asel Green. Married Glen 
Vay Richens May 26, 1966. 


My early childhood was spent in and around Lapoint 
and Tridell Utah. That is where I started school and there 
thru the fifth grade riding horseback as far as five miles 
each day. 

The year I was a sixth grader Dad & Mom moved all 
of us, but two married sisters to Jensen, Utah, to the Elmer 
Snow ranch. There I finished the eighth grade. We were 
closer to the school, so we could walk the distance. 

In the fall of 1933-34, I walked to Highway 40, there 
we caught the school bus, that took us to Vernal for the 
9th thru 12th grades. 

It was in the early fall of 1933 at a dance at the old 
Imperial Hall, I met Asael Oscar Walker, whom I later 
married. In April of 1935, after our marriage we moved 60 


miles west of Vernal, to a town called Mtn. Home, Utah. 

Our first four children, 3 boys and one girl were bom 
in or around this town. We had to travel to Roosevelt, 
Duchesne or Vernal for medical help. 

Lucille, our first bom was hurt at birth. She has been 
in the American Fork School for the Handicapped most of 
her life. Oscar Lee was next, he is a professor at BYU Earl 
Wallis (Bill) a navy air Electronics Engineer, 22 years at 
this time, then Charles All, a partner at Western 
Wholesale Flooring Co. in Salt Lake City. 

When Charles was 9 months old, my husband found 
work in Kamas Ut. We lived there a total of 4 years. Their 
are second daughter Sharon was born. 

Due to ill health on my part, in the Spring of 1945 we 
returned to Vernal. Buying us a home in the Naples Area, 
Asael worked for 35 years or more at Showalter Ford. 

In March of 1945 our last and final child a boy, was 
born to us. We didn’t get to keep him very long, only one 
week. 

We now have 29 grandchildren, one and four-fifths 
great grandchildren. Mostly boys, only 6 girls. They are 
really all great kids. 

I love the outdoors, we enjoy camping hunting, and 
fisjung. Also rock and bottle hunting. 

It's amazing how pretty the rocks are when they are 
cut and polished and made into jewelry, which we also do. 

In other words, we just enjoy life and living. 

OSCAR LEE WALKER 

Oscar Lee Walker, bom July 1, 1937, to Asael Oscar 
and Lois Merkley Walker, at Mountain Home Duchesne 
Co'. Utah. Married Eula Rae Johnson who was bom Mar. 
21, 1939, to Archie and Ora Perry Johnson. To this Union 
six lovely children were born. 

1. Asena Walker, born Dec. 29, 1958 in Vernal Uintah 
Co. Utah, Married April 22, 1978. Robert Smith. 

2. Daniel Lee Walker, born Dec. 24, 1959 in Vernal 
Utah. 

3. Bretta Ann Walker, born Jan. 22, 1963. 

4. John Asael Walker, bom Sept. 12, 1968. 

5. Malin Walker, bom Aug. 9, 1969 in Provo Utah 
Co., Utah. 

6. Emily Walker, born June 24, 1974 in Provo Utah. 



Spencer Murray Walker Robert Howard, Osena Walker 

Smith 


157 







Breta, Asena, Daniel, Eula Rae. Oscar, John, Emily and Malin 
Walker. 


EARL WILLIS WALKER 

Earl Willis Walker, bom Oct. 7, 1938, in Roosevelt, 
Duchesne County, Utah, to Asael Oscar and Lois Merkley 
Walker, married Patricia Magee and three children were 
born to them. 

1. Rodney Walker, born June 21, 1958, in Logan 
Utah. 

2. Brian Keith Walker, bom June 25, 1960. 

3. Craig Walker, born 26 Feb. 1965. 

CHARLES ALLEN WALKER 

On Sept. 18, 1961 he married Flossie Adell Haslem, 
daughter of Niles Reno Haslem and Jennie Marie Allred. 
They were married in the Salt Lake Temple. Soon after in 
Oct. of that same year Charles left to serve active duty at 
Fort Lewis Washington for the National Guard. Flossie 
soon followed after and they lived in Washington for ten 
months. 

On their return to Vernal, Charles was discharged 
from the service, and they lived there until the birth of 
their first son Steven Allan on April 7, 1963. When he was 
two weeks old they moved to the Salt Lake City area 
where they bought a home in Granger. It was at this time 
that Charles began working in the flooring business which 
was the reason for a short move to Orem, Utah, two weeks 
after the birth of their second son Gary Lee on Oct. 26, 
1964. They remained in Orem for a very short time and 
then returned to their home in Granger. Their third son 
Kevin Lynn was born Feb. 27, 1968. While living in 
Granger, Charles was ordained a seventy and called on a 
stake Mission. 

In the spring of 1969 they moved to North Salt Lake. 
On Oct.. 20, 1970 their fourth child and first daughter 
Pamela, was born. Also in this same month, Charles joined 
with three other men to form a new flooring company. 
Western Wholesale Flooring. 



CHARLES ALLEN WALKER 


Charles Allen Walker, born May 5, 1941 in Duchesne, 
Duchesne Co., Utah. To Lois Merkley and 
Asael Oscar Walker. Married Flossie Adell Haslem Sept. 
118,1961. Their have been six children born to them. 

1. Steven Alan Walker, born Apr. 7, 1963. 

2. Gary Lee Walker, bom Oct. 26, 1964. 

3. Kevin Lyn Walker, born Feb. 27, 1968. 

4. Pamela Walker, born Oct. 20, 1970. 

5. Gregory Charles Walker, born May 8, 1974. 

6. Jennifer Walker, born Aug. 1, 1976. 

Charles was baptized Apr. 1, 1950. Endowed Sept. 18, 
1961. Sealed Sept. 18, 1961. 


SHARON WALKER GREEN 


Sharon Walker Green, bom Oct. 1, 1943, to Aesel 
Oscar and Lois Merkley Walker, at Kamas Summit Co. 
Utah. Married Bryce Acel Green, bom Dec. 29, 1941. 
They have the following children. 

1. Dennis Ray Green, bom June 12, 1960, now with 
the army in Germany. 

2. Ricky Lynn Green, born Oct. 9, 1961, works for 
Woody Searle. 

3. Bryce Acael Green, bom Oct. 23, 1962, works for 
Woody Searle also. 

Sharon married Joe Paul Mann, Dec. 4, 1979 in 
Meeker Colo, where J.P. works for the Rio Blanco County 
road crew operating heavy equipment. They are making 
their home in Rangely Colo. 


Sharon Green Mann’s Boys 


158 




Sharon and Joe Paul Mann 


GRACE MERKLEY OAKS 

Grace Merkley Oaks, born Dec. 14, 1920, to Samual 
Murray and LaRetta Henry Reynolds, at Vernal Utah. 
Married Martin Le Roy Oaks, Oct. 30, 1937 in Vernal 
Utah. He was born Nov. 22, 1909, to Martin Edwin and 
Goldie Lula Bates. Six children were born to them. 

1. Darwin LeRoy, bom Nov. 9, 1938, married Deloy 
Clark, April 15, 1959. 

2. Earl Leon, born Aug. 26, 1940, married Bonnie 
Muirhead June 15, 1961. 

3. Gary Wayne, born June 22, 1942. 

4. Harold Lornell, born May 24, 1944, married Larita 
Haws, Mar. 24, 1944. 

5. MaRita Ann, bom July 3, 1946, married Henry 
Lewis Pehacek, April 12, 1969. 

6. Edwin Carlyle, born Feb. 8, 1949, married Xuan 
Hong Thi Nguven Mar. 25, 1972. 

Children were all born in Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. 

DARWIN LEROY OAKS 

Darwin LeRoy Oaks, bom Nov. 9, 1938, to Martin 
LeRoy and Grace Renolds Oaks in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. Married April 15, 1959, Delora Clark, bom June 2, 
1938. This marriage solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. 


They have five children. 

1. April Lynn, bora April 23, 1960, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Co. Utah. 

2. Janis K. Oaks, bom Feb. 4, 1962, in Vernal Utah. 

3. Dana Dee Oaks, bora April 11, 1966, in Vernal 
Utah. 

4. Julie Ann Oakes, born Aug. 5, 1969, in Vernal, 
Utah. 

5. Nancy Arlene Oaks, bora May 8, 1974 in Vernal, 
Utah. 

EARL LEON OAKS 

Earl Leon Oaks, born Aug. 26, 1940, to Martin LeRoy 
and Grace Merkley Oaks in Vernal, Uintah County, Utah. 
Married June 15, 1961 to Bonnie Muirhead in the Salt 
Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Children 

1. Gary Dean, born April 30, 1962, in Tacoma Pierce 
Co. Wash. 

2. Kris Leon Oaks, born Oct. 12, 1963, at Vernal 
Utah. 

3. Amy Lori Oaks, bora Dec. 5, 1965, at Vernal Utah. 

4. Cindy Lee Oaks, bora Mar. 18, 1968, at Vernal 
Utah. 


HAROLD LORNELL OAKS 

Harold Lornell Oaks, bora Mar. 24, 1944, at Vernal, 
Uintah, Co. Utah, to Martin LeRoy and Grace Merkley 
Oaks. Married Larita Haws, Nov. 17, 1967 in Salt Lake 
Temple. They were blessed with five children. 

1. Holly Oaks, born Jan. 16, 1969 in Vernal Uintah 
C|>. Utah. 

2. Jeffrey Lornell Oaks, born Nov. 17, 1970, in 
Bellevue King Co. Wash. 

3. Janeall Oaks bora July 28, 1972, in Bellevue King 
Co. Wash. 

4. Nick Oaks, born Dec. 23, 1974, in Price Carbon Co. 
Utah. 

5. Andrea Oaks bora July 3, 1976 in Heber Wasatch 
Co. Utah. 

MARITA ANN OAKS 

Marita Ann Oaks, born July 3, 1946 to Martin LeRoy 
and Grace Merkley Oaks, in Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. 
Married Henry Lewis Pehacek April 12, 1969. Two 
children were born to this marriage. 

1. Brent L. Pehacek Bora Feb. 5, 1969. 

2. Angela Kay Pehacek born Sept. 28, 1971. 

EDWIN CARLYLE OAKS 

Edwin Carlyle Oaks, bom Feb. 8, 1949 to Martin 
LeRoy and Grace Merkley Oaks, at Vernal Uintah Utah. 
Married Xuan Hong Thi Nguyen. This union has two 
children. 

1. Troy LeRoy Oaks, bom Aug. 6, 1974. 

2. Eldon Oaks, bom Aug. 4, 1978. 


159 






LYNN A. MERKLEY 


Lynn A. Merkley, Born Dec. 12, 1922, to Samual 
Murray and LaRetta Henry Merkley at Lapoint Uintah 
County Utah. Married Thelma Rhea Aug. 12, 1944. Died 
July 1979. 

EZRA B. MERKLEY 

Ezra B. Merkley, bom Nov. 16, 1925, to Samual 
Murray and LaRetta Henry Merkley, at Lapoint Uintah 
Co. Utah. Married April 18, 1948 in Gillette Campbell Co. 
Wyo. to Emmy Jane Smith, bom July 21, 1931. They were 
blessed with four children. 

1. David Ezra bom Sept. 22, 1948, married Patricia 
Ingerick, May 13, 1970. 

2. Samual Murray born Feb. 16, 1950, Died Dec. 8, 
1952. 

3. Barbara Elaine bora June 3, 1951. Married Joseph 
Glenn Murray Jr. Sept. 17, 1970. 

4. Wealthy Rae, born Aug. 19, 1952, married Terry 
Wayne Simpers, July 23, 1970. 

Wealthy Rae married Allen Keith Harward Aug. 29, 
1975, at Green River, Sweet Water County Wyo. The 
Children: 

1. Samual David Harward bom May 3,1975. 

2. Misty Rae Harward, born June 11, 1976. 

DAVID EZRA MERKLEY 

David Ezra Merkley born Sept. 22, 1948, to Ezra B. 
and Emmy Jane Smith Merkley, in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. Married Patricia Jean Ingerick May 13, 1970. In 
Rochester New York. Parents of three children. 

1. Laura Jean, bom July 21, 1971 in Rochester, NY. 

2. Tod Ezra Bom Mar. 27, 1973 in Rochester NY. 

3. Eroc Ezra, born Sept. 27, 1979, Rochester, NY. 

BARBARA ELAINE MERKLEY MURRAY 

Barbara Elaine Merkley Murray, born June 3, 1951, 
to Ezra B. and Emmy Jane Smith Merkley, at Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married Sept. 17, 1970 Joseph Glen 
Murray Jr. at Vernal Utah. They have two children. 

1. Julia Gaye born April 10, 1971. 

2. Rebecca Jane, bora March 4, 1973. 

MARY MERKLEY PRICE 

Mary Merkley Price, bora April 9, 1927, to Samual 
Murray and LaRetta Henry Merkley, at Whiterocks 
Uintah Utah. Married July 3, 1943, Boyd C. Price. They 
have eight children. 

1. Boyd Dennis, bom Jan. 7, 1945, married Goldie 
Rose Wilder, Mar. 4, 1967. 

2. Linda, born Apr. 16, 1948, married Jesse Marlin 
Pearson Jr. Dec. 1, 1967. 

3Janet Rae, born Dec. 2, 1951 in Vernal Utah. 

4. Lane, bom Nov. 11, 1955, married Don Melbourne 
Hall Apr. 5, 1973. 

160 


5. Jeri, bom Feb. 20,1959, in Vernal, Utah. 

6. Daren, born Feb. 27, 1963, in Vernal, Utah. 

7. Darla, bom Nov. 18, 1965, in Denver Colo. 

8. Darin Layne, bom Oct. 16, 1967 in San Bernadino, 
Ca. 


LINDA PRICE PEARSON 

Linda Price Pearson, bom April 16, 1948, to Boyd C. 
and Mary Merkley Price, in Vernal Uintah Co. Utah, 
married Jesse Marlin Pearson Jr. Dec. 1, 1967 in the Salt 
Lake Temple. 

Children 

1. Jesse Robert, born March 10, 1970, at Glendive 
Montana. 

2. Dawn, bom July 25, 1971, at Fort Morgan 
Colorado. 

3. Dustin Boyd, bom Jan. 1, 1976, at Vernal Utah. 


LANA PRICE HALL 

Lana Price Hall, bom Nov. 11, 1955, to Boyd C. and 
Mary Merkley Price, at Salt Lake City Utah. Married Don 
Melbourne Hall, April 5,1973, at the Salt Lake Temple. A 
baby girl was born to them. 

1. Angela Dawn bom March 3, 1976. 


GIRTRUDE MERKLEY JOHNSON 

Girtrude Merkley Johnson, born Feb. 4, 1893 to 
Charles Albert and Mary Lovina Murray Merkley in 
Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. Married Grover Ray Johnson, 
Dec. 21, 1910 in Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. Two children 
were bom to them. 

1. Glenn Summers, bom Aug. 18, 1912 in Lone Tree 
Wyo. 

2. Buelah Rae bom Mar. 19, 1914, in Vernal Utah.' 

Girtrude married George Britt, June 26, 1922. 


GLEN SUMMERS JOHNSON 

Glen Summers Johnson, bora Aug. 18, 1912, to 
Grover Ray and Girtrude Merkley Johnson. Married 
Dorothy Sorritz in Feb. 1935. Two children were born to 
them. v 

1. Gary Ray born Dec. 12, 1937, in Tacoma Wash. 

2. Phyllis Elaine, bom Dec. 29, 1942, in Chehalis, 
Wash. 

GARY RAY JOHNSON 

Gary Ray Johnson, bom Dec. 2, 1937, to Glen 
Summers and Dorothy Sorritz Johnson, married Iris 
Foster. Two children were bora to them. 

1. Robert Allen Johnson. 

2. Gary Scott Johnson. 




PHYLLIS ELAINE JOHNSON OWENS 

Phylis Elaine Johnson Owens, bom Dec. 29, 1937, to 
Glen Summers and Dorothy Sorritz, in Chehalis 
Washington. Married Thomas Owens. Two children were 
born to them. 

1. Tresa 

2. Richard Lee. 

GERTRUDE BULL NIMKINS 

Gertrude Bull Nimkins, bom July 15, 1938, in 
Aberdeen Washington, to Carlos E. and Buelah Rae 
Johnson Bull. Married June 21, 1958 Louis M. Nimkins. 
Three children born to them. 

1. Elizabeth Ann, bom Feb. 24, 1961. 

2. Susan, born July 12, 1963. 

3. Kent M. Born Feb. 22, 1965. 

BUELAH RAE JOHNSON BULL 

Buelah Rae Johnson Bull, born Mar. 1914, to Grover 
Ray and Girtrude Merkley Johnson at Lone Tree Wyo. 
Married 6 Oct. 1934, Carlos E. Bull. Two children were 
born to them. 

1. Gertrude Bull born July 15, 1938 in Aberdeen 
Wash. 

2. Jane Burton Bull, born Mar. 19, 1949 in Olympia, 
Wash. 

CLARA MERKLEY HISLOP 

Clara Merkley Hislop, born July 9, 1895, to Charles 
Albert and Mary Lovina Murray Merkley, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah, Married John Hislop May 13, 1914, at 
Vernal Utah. Two children were born to them. 

1. Helen Mar, bom April 3, 1915. 

2. Miriam, bom Feb. 21, 1917. 

John Hislop died Oct. 3, 1918. Clara married Clyde 
Nelson Dec. 30, 1926. He died Dec. 24, 1970. 

HELEN MAR HISLOP MARTINSEN 

Helen Mar Hislop Martinsen, bom April 3, 1915 in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne Co. Utah, to John and Clara Merkley 
Hislop. Married DaLmain Martinsen, March 21, 1936, in 
Heber, Wasatch Co. Utah. We have six children. 

1. Dorothy, bora Aug. 9, 1936. Died Aug. 9, 1936. 

2. George Raymond, bom April 24, 1937, Died April 
24, 1937. 

3. Clyde Charles, born Oct. 3, 1939. 

4. Carolyn, bom July 6, 1941. 

5. Pauline, bom Aug. 14, 1943. 

6. Garth John, bom Dec. 13, 1947. 

CAROLYN MARTINSEN SLAUGH 

Carolyn Martinsen Slaugh, born July 6, 1941 to 
DaLmaine and Helen Mar Martinsen, at Vernal Uintah 
Co. Utah. Married Nolan Reid Slaugh July 6, 1941. We 
have five children, 


1. Michael D. bom Mar. 30, 1960. 

2. Patricia Ann, bom March 7, 1961. 

3. Rodney H., bom Mar. 20, 1962. 

4. Judy, born Sept. 13, 1963. 

5. Ricky Nolan, bom Dec. 29, 1972. 

This Marriage was Solemnized Aug. 20, 1965. 

CLYDE CHARLES MARTINSEN 

Clyde Charles Martinsen, bom Oct. 3, 1939, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah, to DaLmain and Helen Mar Hislop 
Martinsen. Married Dawn McLelland Oct. 11, 1961 in Salt 
Lake City Ut. We have five children, 

1. Mar Lynn, born July 15, 1962. 

2. Glen Alan, bom July 30, 1963. 

3. Dale Roger Feb, 14, 1965. 

4. Charles Daniel July 3, 1970. 

5. Gary Mathew, June 4, 1972. 

PAULINE MARTINSEN SMUIN 

Pauline Martinsen Smuin.born Aug. 14, 1943, to 
DALmaine and Helen Mar Hislop, in Vernal Utah. 
Married Lynn Charles Smuin May 3, 1963 in Elko, Elko 
Nevada. We had six children. 

1. Janette, born Nov. 16, 1963, in Vernal Uintah Utah. 

2. Sonya, born Oct. 21, 1966, in Vernal Uintah, Utah. 

3. Marsha, bom Dec. 27, 1970 Vernal Uintah, Utah. 

4. Morgan Charles, bom June 12, 1972, Vernal Uintah 
Utah. 

5. Vlene, born Aug. 2, 1973 in Vernal Uintah Utah. 

6. Isaac Lynn Bom Feb. 15, 1977. 

GARTH JOHN MARTINSEN 

Garth John Martinsen, bom Dec. 13, 1947 to 
DALmaine and Helen Mar Hislop Martinsen, at Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married Elizabeth Therese Brown, in 
the Temle in Salt Lake City Oct. 11, 1976. They have two 
children, 

1. Heather Michelle bom July 17, 1977, at Fort Polk, 
Leesville, 

2. Peter Edmund, bom Oct. 27, 1978 at 

Bremerhavenn Brenen, Germany. 

JANETTE SMUIN VAN 

Janette Smuin Van, bom Nov. 16, 1963, to Lynn 
Charles and Pauline Martinsen Smuin, at Vernal Uintah 
Cb. Utah. Married Jess Duane Van June 25, 1979. A son 
was bom to them. 

1. Jess DeWayne Van, June 19, 1978 Vernal Uintah 
Cp. Utah. 

MIRIAM HISLOP EMARINE 

Miriam Hislop Emarine, born Feb. 2, 1917, at Fort 
Duchesne Uintah Co., Utah, to John and Clara Merkley 


161 








Hislop. Married Sept 21, 1941 William Charles Emarine, a 
girl and two boys were born to them. 

1. Judy, born Oct. 30, 1942. 

2. William, born April 9, 19- 

3. Rick, born Sept. 9, 19-. 



Arvid, Tad, Roland, Glen, Rell, Carina, Echo, Joe, Luella, Irene, 
Joella. 

JOSEPH NELSON MERKLEY 


Joseph Nelson Merkley, born Jan. 3, 1899, to' Charles 
Albert and Mary Murray Merkley, at Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. Married April 3, 1918, Mary Luella Swensen, in the 
Salt Lake Temple, in Salt Lake City Utah. This couple had 
eleven children. 

1. Joseph Arvid, bom June 5, 1919, in Lapoint, Uintah 
Co. Utah. 

2. Tad Borden, bom Dec. 6, 1920, in Lapoint Utah. 

3. Roland Lewis bom Mar. 12, 1922, in Lapoint Utah. 

4. Mary Irene bom Mar. 17, 1924, in Vernal Utah. 

5. Carma (twin) bom Feb. 8, 1928 in Vernal Utah. 

6. Keith (twin) bom Feb. 8, 1928 in Vernal Utah, died 
Mar. 8, 1928. 

7. Echo born May 24, 1932, in Vernal Utah. 

8. Joella Bom Sept. 22, 1934 in Vernal Utah. 

9. Charles Glen, bom June 3, 1936 in Vernal Utah. 

10. Jimmy Garr, bora Dec. 15, 1939 in Vernal Utah. 
Died Feb. 25, 1940. 

11. Rell Terry, bom Oct. 1,1941 in Vernal Utah. 

JOSEPH NELSON MERKLEY 

Joseph Nelson Merkley was born Jan. 3, 1899 in 
Vernal, Utah, fifth child of Charles Albert Merkley and 
Mary Lovina Murray. He married Mary Luella Swenson, 
Apr. 3, 1918, in the Salt Lake Temple. He died March 15, 
1963. Joe and Luella had eleven children. 

Joseph Arvid, bom June 5, 1919. Married Oral Hall 
March 28, 1940. He has five children, Jean, Joseph Ray, 
Connie Lee, Aleen Deon, and Lynne. Sixteen grand¬ 
children, 3 step-grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. 

Tad Boren, bom Dec. 6, 1920, married Tharon 
Warburton, Dec. 13, 1941. Has five children Ronnie Tad, 
Tal Roy, Marlayne, Karleen, Terriann. Five grand¬ 
children, 1 great-grandchild. 


Roland Lewis, bom March 12, 1922. Married Enid 
Dean, Nov. 15, 1941. Had 1 boy, Richard "R”. Seven 
grandchildren and 1 step-grandchild. Second marriage to 
Valina Fausett Reynolds McConkie Nov. 30, 1968. Had 1 
girl Karen. 

Mary Irene, bom Mar. 17, 1924. Married Denzel 
Adams Sept. 17, 1941. Had three children, Carolyn Dee, 
Denny Kay, and Jill. Six grandchildren. 

Carma, bora Feb. 8, 1929. Married Harold S. Rider 
2nd James Walsh. She was a twin. 

Keith, bom Feb. 8, 1928, died Mar. 8,1928 Twin. 

Echo, bom May 24, 1932. Married Frank Dan Allen 
Dec. 27, 1950. Has five children, Diane, Susan, Kevin “F”, 
Cheryl and Nancy Jean. Seven grandchildren, 

Joella, bom Sept. 22, 1934. Married Reid Herbert 
Goodrich. Has five children Juan Paul , Lisa Jo, Bruce 
Merkley, Brain Reid, Gabrielle Amber. 

Charles Glen, born June 3, 1936. Married Charlene 
Freestone. Has seven boys, Reid Glen, Blaine Joe, Kent 
Charles, Vernon Rell, Dale Jay, Chad Porter, Max Lewis, 
has two grandchildren. 

Jimmy Garr, born Dec. 15, 1939. Died Feb. 25, 1940. 

Rell Terry, born Oct. 1, 1941. Married Kathleen 
Bowles July 5, 1962. Children of Rell Terry and Kathleen 
Bowles, Bobbi Jo, Cindy, Shayne Rell, Jimmy Lee, Wendy, 
Tracy Ann, Jason Rell. \ ■, K 

Joe was well liked, he was a very good fanner. His 
sons Roland and Tad were too. They raised some of the 
very best crops in the valley. Joe and Ed Hoft bought a 
thresher in 1928. They did a lot of the threshing around 
the valley. He herded sheep for Uncle Bill Murray. He was 
herding sheep when his mother had her stroke. 

Joe and Luella did a lot of moving because he farmed 
for other people. But when he bought the place in Dry 
Fork they were there for some time. Then he sold his 
place to Arvid and Roland and moved to Maeser. He took 
care of Oaks park for sometime. He liked to fish, the 
family would go up and fish with him. 

He was county commissioner and county road 
suiperviser. He herded cattle on Tayler Mt. also. After he 
retired he aDd his brother Tub, spent a lot of time fishing. 

Arvid and Tad were farmers and drove school bus. 
Roland farmed and was county commissioner. The three 
boys were in the service in WW2. 

The girls are housewives. Glen was into the bread 
business, Honda Shop and runs the Polar King. He sold 
the bread business to his brother Rell and his son Kent. He 
kept the paper business. 

RelPworked for Safeway’s in Heber, Rock Springs 
and Vernal. He has the bread route for Vernal, Rangely, 
and Manila. Most of the children live in and around the 

Maeser area. 

6 

JOSEPH ARVID MERKLEY 

Joseph Arvid Merkley, bom June 5, 1919 to Joseph 
Nelson and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley, at Lapoint 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married Oral Hall Mar. 28, *1940, at 
Mountain Dell, Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. Five children 
were bom to them. 


162 





TERRI MERKLEY HOLFELTZ 



Lynne, Aleen Deon, Connie Lee, Jean, J. Arvid, Oral, J. Ray. 

1. Jean, born Nov. 26, 1940, at Murray Utah. 

2. Joseph Ray bom Mar. 17,1942 at Sandy Utah. 

3. Connie Lee born May 28, 1943 at Vernal Uintah C. 


Utah. 

4. Aleen Deon, bom May 17, 1946 at Vernal Utah. 

5. Lynne, bom Dec. 5, 1947, at Vernal Utah. 



Jean Holfeltz and Terri, Becky, Curt. 


JEAN MERKLEY HOLFELTZ 

Jean Merkley Holfeltz, bom Nov. 26, 1940, to Joseph 
Arvid and Oral Hall Merkley, at Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Married July 10, 1959 to Glade E. Holfeltz. Three children 
were bom to them. 

1. Terri, bom April 22, 1960 at Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. 

2. Beckie Born Oct. 22,1962 at Vernal Utah. 

3. Curt G. bom Oct. 30,1966 at Vernal Utah. 


Terri Merkley Holfeltz, bom April 22, 1960 to Glade 
E. and Jean Merkley Holfeltz, at Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. 
Married Sept. 18, 1978 Norman Scott Woodhouse, bora 
Dec. 10, 1959. Norman was baptized Jan. 6, 1968. Terri 
was baptized May 4, 1968. 



Joseph, Ray Merkley twins, Taira Rae, Tiona RaVae. 


JOSEPH RAY MERKLEY 

Joseph Ray Merkley, born Mar. 17, 1942, to Joseph 
Arvid and Oral Hall Merkley, at Sandy Salt Lake Co. 
Utah. Married Janet Clark, Jan. 13, 1961. Three children 
were bom. 

1. Janarae, bom Nov. 18, 1961 in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. 

2. David Joseph , born July 21, 1963 in Vernal Utah. 

3. Scott Vergil bom April 10, 1966. 

This marriage solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. 
Aug. 20, 1964. 

Joseph Ray Married Varona Ravae Roberts Nov. 26, 
1977. Two children were bom to them. 

1. Taria Rae, Twin born May 5, 1978 at Murray Utah. 

2. Teona Ravae Twin Born May 5, 1978 at Murray 
Utah. 

This marriage solemnized June 16, 1979. 


163 





ALEEN DEON MERKLEY BAKER 





Ned and Connie Cook, Roy and DaShel Beckstead, Rocky Cook. 

DASHEL COOK BECKSTEAD 

Dashel Cook Beckstead, born Sept. 29, 1960 to Ned 
Giles and Connie Lee Merkley Cook, in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. Married Roy Melvin Beckstead Dec. 2, 1978. Roy 
Melvin, Baptized Oct. 28, 1960. Dashel Baptized Nov. 2, 


Aleen Deon Merkley Baker, bom to Joseph Arvid 
Oral Hall Merkley, May 17, 1946, in Vernal Uintah 
Utah. Married Terry H. Barker June 4, 1962, in the 
Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Three lovely children born to this union: 

1. Baby Barker, born August 23, 1963, died August 
1963. Vernal Utah. 

2. Tralene, bom October 27, 1966, in Vernal Utah. 
Nov. 2, 1974. 

3. Clark, bom March 7, 1968, in Vernal, Utah. Bapt. 
4, 1976. 

4. Rita, born Dec. 9, 1970 in Vernal, Utah. Bapt. Jan 


LYNN MERKLEY WHITE 


Lynn Merkley White, born to Joseph Arvid and Oral 
Merkley, Dec. 5, 1947 in Vernal Uintah Co. Utah, 
Nov. 26, 1966 Vernal Utah, Michael White, bom 
7, 1947. Their Children. 

1. Michael Ray bom Jan. 3, 1968, in Vernal Utah. 

2. Rae Lynne born Aug. 22, 1969 in Salt Lake City, 

3. Malissa Bom Oct. 27, 1970. Vernal Utah. N '' N 
Civil Divorce Sept. 10, 1976, took her maiden name 

Lynne Merkley. 


Ray Merkley Family, Davey Joe. RaVae, Ray and Janarae, Scot. 


JANARAE MERKLEY PHILLIPS 


Janarae Merkley Phillips, born Nov. 18, 1961, to 
Joseph Ray and Janet Clark Merkley, at Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. Married Roy Williams Phillips Sept. 29, 1978. We 
are the parents of Josie Lee Phillips born Feb. 4, 1979 at 
Rock Springs Sweet Water Co. Wyo. 


CONNIE LEE MERKLEY COOK 


Connie Lee Merkley Cook, born May 28, 1943 to 
Joseph Arvid and Oral Hall Merkley, in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. Married Aug. 22, 1959, Ned Giles Cook, bom June 
30, 1941. They had two children. 

1. DaShel born Sept. 29, 1960 Vernal Utah. 

2. Rocky Giles, bom Feb. 2, 1965, Vernal Utah. 


1968. 


Malessa, Michael Ray, Lynne White, RaeLynne. 


164 







Tharon, Tad, Ronnie, Lloyd, Ronda, Jean, Connie, Tal, Wyoma, 
Tonya. Karleen, Jodene, Teriann, Kevin. 

TAD BORDEN MERKLEY 

Tad Borden Merkley, born Dec. 6, 1920, to Joseph 
Nelson and Mary Luella Swensen Merkly, at Lapoint 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married Tharon Warburton, Dec. 13, 
1941, at Vernal Utah. Marriage solemnized June 9, 1944, 
in the Mesa Arizona Temple. 

Five children 

1. Ronnie Tad born July 2, 1943, in Vernal Utah. 

2. Tal Roy, born Aug. 27, 1950, in Vernal Utah. 

3. Marlayne born July 26, 1951, in Vernal Utah, died 
March 2, 1954. 

4. Karleen bom Jan. 14, 1956, in Vernal Utah. 

5. Terriann bom April 17, 1960 in Vernal Utah. 

RONNIE TAD MERKLEY 

Ronnie Tad Merkley, bom July 2, 1943, to Tad 
Borden and Tharon Warburton Merkley, Vernal, Uintah 
Co., Utah. Married Connie Jean Atwood, Sept. 14, 1960, in 
the Salt Lake Temple. 

Three children: 

1. Ronda Jean, bom June 17, 1961 in Vernal, Utah. 

2. Jodene, bom May 16, 1963, in Vernal, Utah. 

3. Lloyd R., bom May 2, 1966. 

JOSHUA MATHEW BEUTLER 

Joshua Mathew Beutler is the youngest of six living 
generations. 

When his mother, Ronda Jean Merkley was bom, she 
was the youngest of 5 generations on both her mothers 
and fathers side of the family. 

Joshua's grandmother and grandfather Merkley have 
the same great-great grandfather. 

Joshua M. Beutler 
Ronda Jean Merkley Beutler 

Ronnie Tad Merkley Connie Jean Atwood Merkley 

Tad B. Merkley Hazel Murray Atwood 

Joseph N. Merkley Joseph Hyrum Murray 

Mary Lavina Murray Merkley Hyrum Smith Murray 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray 


Connie Merkley, Ronda M. Beutler, Hazel M. Atwood, Mable 
Murray, Joshua Beuyler, Mary Woodward. 


Ronda. Robert, Joshua, Beutler. 


RONDA JEAN MERKLEY BEUTLER 


Ronda Jean Merkley Beutler, born June 17, 1961 to 
Ronnie Tad and Connie Atwood Merkley, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married Robert Earl Beutler, Nov. 4, 
1^78. A son was born 

1. Joshua Mathew, bom May 1, 1979 in Rocksprings 
Sweetwater Co. Wyo. 

Robert Earl, Baptized Sept. 2, 1965. Ronda Jean, 
baptized July 5, 1969. 

TAL ROY MERKLEY 

Tal Roy Merkley, born Aug. 27, 1950, to Tad Borden 
and Tharon Warburton Merkley, in Vernal Utah. Married 
Glenna Wyoma Richardson July 22, 1969 in Grand 
Junction Mesa C. Colo. Two children. 

1. Kelvin Roy born Apr. 9, 1970 in Payson, Utah Co. 
Utah. 

2. Tonya bom Mar. 19, 1973 in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. 

Marriage solemnized in the Manti Temple Aug. 11, 
1970. 


165 





Roland. Valina Merkley 



ROLAND LEWIS MERKLEY 

Roland Lewis Merkley, born Mar. 12, 1922, to Joseph 
Nelson and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley, in Lapoint 
Uintah, Co. Utah. Married Enid Dean Nov. 15, 1941, A 
son Richard "R” was born May 30, 1944 in Vernal Uintah 
Co. Utah. 

This Marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple and 
later had a civil divorce. Aug. 10, 1968. 

Roland Lewis married Hazel Valina Fausette Nov. 30, 
1968 in Vernal, Utah. To this union was born, Karren 
Merkley Dec. 11, 1969 in Vernal, Utah. 

RICHARD R MERKLEY 

Richard R. Merkley, born May 30, 1944 to Roland 
Lewis and Enid Dean Merkly, in Vernal Uintah, Co. Utah, 
married Shana Lee Wardell August 10, 1963 in the Idaho 
Falls Temple. Four Children were born to them. 

1. Bradley R. born Dec. 7, 1964 in Salt Lake City 
Utah. 

2. Denice born, May 9, 1966 in Salt Lake City Utah. 





3. Brett Richard, twin, born Nov. 28, 1967 in Boise 
Idaho. 

4. Brian Roland twin, born Nov. 28, 1967 in Boise 
Idaho. 

Richard got a civil divorce in Jan. 1970, and a Temple 
divorce in Feb. 1977. 


Denzel and Irene Adams 


Richard married Dianne Phillips April 5, 1970 in 
Boise Idaho. Sealed Dec. 8, 1976. Four children. 

1. Bryan Todd, bom Jan. 28, 1967 in Salmon Idaho 
Adopted. 

2. Tonia Richelle, bom March 11, 1971 in Boise 
Idaho. 

3. Ric Anne twin, born March 17, 1979 in Salt Lake 

City Utah. ' v 

4. Tori Anna twin, bom March 17, 1979 in Salt Lake, 
City Utah. 


V 

Richard R., Bradley. 
Todd. 


Brian, Denice, 


/ 


166 




MARY IRENE MERKLEY ADAMS 


CARMA MERKLEY WALSH 


Mary Irene Merkley Adams, born Mar. 17, 1924, to 
Joseph Nelson and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley, at 
Vernal Uintah, Co. Utah. Married Denzil Adams Sept. 17, 
1941 in Dry Fork, Vernal Utah. Solemnized July 1, 1953 in 
the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. They are the 
parents of three children. 

1. Carolyn Dee born Nov. 18, 1942 at Murray Utah. 

2. Denny Kay, bom Sept. 21, 1945 in Salt Lake City 
Utah. 

3. Jill born Mar. 2,1955 in Vernal Utah. 

CAROLYN DEE MERKLEY HANCHETT 

Carolyn Dee Merkley Hanchett, bom Nov. 18, 1942, 
to Denzel and Mary Irene Merkley Adams, in Murray 
Utah. Married Calvin Frank Hanchett, in Murray Utah 
July 2, 1960. They were blessed with three beautiful 
daughters. 

1. Leslie Ann, bom Dec. 7, 1963 in Salt Lake City, 
Utah. 

2. Lori Ann, bom July 27, 1965 in Salt Lake City Utah, 

3. Kirsten, born Jan. 25, 1968. 

This marriage solemnized 19 Nov. 1977. 

JILL ADAMS BIRCHELL 

Jill Adams Birchell, born to Denzel and Mary Irene 
Merkley Adams, at Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. Married 
Reed Brenton Birchell June 15, 1973, in the Manti 
Temple. They are the parents of three children. 

1. Amy bom Aug. 6,1974, in Vernal Utah. 

2. Denny Reed, bom Nov. 18, 1976 in Vernal Utah. 

3. Jan. born Feb. 19,1978 in Vernal Utah. 



James and Carma Merkley Walsh 


Carma Merkley Walsh, bom Feb. 8, 1928, to Joseph 
Nelson and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Married James Laurence Walsh, Feb. 7, 1948 
in Boise Idaho. 



Diane, Kevin, Susan, Nancy, Echo, Frank, Cheryl Allen. 


ECHO MERKLEY ALLEN 

Echo Merkley Allen, bom May 24, 1932, to Joseph 
Nelson and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married Frank Dan Allen Dec. 27, 1950 
in Salt Lake City Utah, later solemnized in the Salt Lake 
Temple, June 24, 1965. They have five children. 

1. Diane, bom Feb. 24, 1953, Vernal Utah. 

2. Susan, bom July 9, 1954, Vernal Utah. 

3. Kevin “F” bom Oct. 31, 1958 Vernal Utah. 

4. Cheryl, bom Jan. 18, 1963, Vernal Utah. 

5. Nancy Jean, born 6 May 1968 Vernal Utah. 

DIANE ALLEN STORY 

Diane Allen Storey, bom Feb. 24, 1953, to Frank Dan 
and Echo Merkley Allen, in Vernal Uintah, Co. Utah. 
Married Clifford Lawrence, Jan. 24, 1971, at Columbia, 
Shelby Co. Alabama, Three little daughters bom to them. 

1. Malinda Karen, bom Jan. 7, 1974, at Birmingham 
Jefferson Co. Ala. 

2. Sheila Ann, born Jan. 20, 1977, at Huntsville, 
Madison Co. Ala. 

□. Christine, bom Aug. 1, 1979 at Birmington Jef¬ 
ferson Co. Ala. 

DIANE ALLEN STOREY 

Diane Allen Storey, born to Echo Merkley and Frank 
Allen, at Vernal Uintah County Utah. Feb. 24, 1953 at¬ 
tended Maeser Elementary School and Vernal Jr. High 
School in Vernal Utah. Was baptized Mar. 4, 1961. I met 
my husband, Clifford Lawrence Storey in Birmingham, 
Alabama and we were married Jan. 12, 1971 in Columbia, 
Shelby County, Ala. My first daughter Malinda Karen was 


167 








born Jan. 1, 1974 in Birmingham Ala., is in kindergarten 
and is taking ballet and tap dancing; my second daughter 
Sheila Ann, bom Jan. 20, 1977, at Huntsville, Madison 
County Ala. would like to go to school and take dance 
lessons. My third daughter, Christine, six months old, is 
quite a character. 

SUSAN ALLEN LYNCH 

Susan Allen Lynch, born to Dan Frank and Echo 
Merkley Allen, July 9, 1954, at Vernal Uintah Co. Utah, 
married Robert Cecil Lynch July 28, 1973 at Casper Wyo. 
They have three lovely children. 

1. Bobbie Sue, born Jan. 21, 1975 in Casper Wyo. 

2. Ryan Lee, born April 15, 1978 in Casper Wyo. 

3. Kristie Rae born July 2, 1979 in Casper Wyo. 

KEVIN "F” ALLEN, 

Kevin “F” Allen, born Oct. 31, 1958 to Frank Dan and 
Echo Merkley Allen at Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. Married 
Cathy Lynn Howcroft, Nov. 17, 1978 at Vernal Utah. A 
son was born to them. 

1. Brandon K. Allen, born April 20, 1979, in Vernal, 
Uintah Co. Utah. 



Reid and Joella Goodrich 


JOELLA MERKLEY GOODRICH 

Joella Merkley Goodrich, bom Sept. 22, 1934, Joseph 
Nelson and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married Jan. 23, 1952, to Reid Herbert 
Goodrich, in the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City Utah. 
We have five children. J 

1. Juan Paul, born Oct. 8, 1957, in Vernal Utah. 

2. Lisa Jo, born Nov. 10, 1961 in Vernal Utah. 

3. Bruce Merkley, bom Feb. 21, 1963 in Vernal Utah. 

4. Brian Reid, bom Mar. 23, 1970 in Vernal, Utah. 

5. Gabrielle Amber, born Sept. 2, 1974 in Vernal, 
Utah. 


JUAN GOODRICH 

Juan Goodrich, born Oct. 8, 1957, to Reid Herbert 
and Joella Merkley Goodrich, in Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. 
Married Debra Beason Feb. 1, 1980 in Vernal, Utah. 


A daughter, Jeni Lyn, was bom to them Jan. 3, 1981. 



CHARLES GLEN MERKLEY 


Charles GLEN Merkley, born June 3, 1936, to Joseph 
Nelson and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah, Married Charlene Freestone Nov. 3, 
1954, in the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. They 
had seven children. 

1. Reid Glen, born May 6, 1956, in Vernal Utah. 

2. Blain Joe, born June 21, 1957 in Vernal Utah, 

3. Charles Kent, born Nov. 26, 1958 in Vernal Utah. 

4. Vernon Rell, bom Dec. 1, 1959 in Vernal Utah. 

5. Dale Jay, bom Aug. 17, 1962 in Vernal Utah. 

6. Chad Porter, born May 31, 1964 in Vernal Utah. 

7. Max Lewis, bom Aug. 12, 1967 in Vernal Utah. 

REID GLEN MERKLEY ~ \ 

Reid Glen Merkley, born May 6, 1956, to Glen 
Charles and Charlene Freestone Merkley, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. Married June 1, 1978 Sheryl Lynne 
Grossman, in the Provo Temple of the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter Day Saints. June 1, 1978. Two sons were 
bom to them, Joseph Royal born May 1, 1979 in Vernal, 
and Rodney Charles born Dec. 6, 1980. 

BLAINE JOE MERKLEY 

Blaine Joe Merkley, born June 21, 1957 to Charles 
Glen and Charlene Freestone Merkley in Vernal Uintah 
Co. Utah. Married Cheryl Hall Feb. 21, 1979 in the Provo 
Temple, Provo Utah, a son was bom to them, Kenneth 
oe, Nov. 29, 1980. 

VERNON RELL MERKLEY 1 

Vernon Rell Merkley, bom Dec. 1, 1959, to Charles 
Glen and Charlene Freestone Merkley, in Vernal Uintah 
Co. Utah, married Sandra Jean Roop in the Provo Temple, 
Provo Utah, Aug. 1, 1978. A son Nicklas Vernon was bom 
to them May 31, 1979 in Vernal Uintah Co. Utah. 


168 








Rell Merkley Family, Bobby Joe, Cindy Kell. Kathy. Jason. 
Tracy Ann, Jimmy. Shayne, Wendy 


RELL TERRY MERKLEY 

Rell Terry Merkley, bom Oct. 1, 1941 to Joseph 
Nelson Merkley and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley. 
Married Kathleen Bowles July 5, 1962 Manti Temple, 
Mariti Sanpete Utah. They have seven Children. 

1. Bobbi Jo, bom Aug. 31, 1964 Vernal Utah. 

2. Cindy born Feb. 28, 1966, Vernal Utah. 

3. Shane Rell, born March 4, 1967 Salt Lake City 
Utah. 

4. Jimmy Lee, born July 22,1969 Vernal Utah. 

5. Wendy born Dec. 27, 1972 Rock Springs Sweet¬ 
water Co. Wyo. 

6. Tracy Ann, born April 20, 1974 Vernal Utah. 

7. Jason Rell, bom June 5,1978 Vernal Utah. 


EMMELINE MERKLEY VARLEY 

Emmeline Merkley Varley, born March 1, 1901, to 
Albert Charles and Mary Lovina Murray Merkley. 
Married William Horton Varley July 20, 1921, in Salt Lake 
City, Utah. Five children were bom to this marriage, 

1. Evelyn bom Aug. 11, 1922, Delta Millard Co. Utah. 

2. Charles Robert born Sept. 13, 1923 in Vernal Utah. 

3. William Mantle bom Oct. 16, 1928 Panguitch Utah. 

4. Child born May 16, 1933, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

5. Child born May 16, 1933, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Children 4 and 5 were twins. 

Husband, William Horton Varley died May 13, 1941. 
and Emeline was sealed (by proxy) to him May 4, 1972. 
Emmeline Merkley Varley died June 8, 1980 in a Salt 


Lake City Hospital. Funeral Services were Thursday June 
12 at noon in the Bonneville Stake Center 1535 Bonniview 
Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Emmeline was a sales clerk employed with Auer¬ 
bachs Department Store for 30 years. She was a member 
of the Ladies of Elks. Survivors are two sons, Charles 
Robert Varley and William M. Varley, a daughter Mrs. 
Elmer C. (Evelyn) Cross of Salt Lake City; seven grand¬ 
children. and five great grandchildren; and two sisters, 
Mrs Clara M. Nelson of Salt Lake City and Mrs. Joe 
(Sarah) Engbersen of Oakland, Calif. 


EVELYN VARLEY CROSS 

Evelyn Varley Cross, born Aug. 11, 1922, to Willian 
Horton and Emeline Merkley Varley, in Delta Utah. 
Married Elmer Charles Cross Mar. 30, 1946. Three 
children were born to this couple. 

1. William Corwin, born Jan. 3, 1948 in Salt Lake City, 
Utah. 

j2. Christopher, bom Feb. 7, 1950 in Salt Lake City 
Utah. Died Feb. 11, 1952. 

|3. Kenneth Cross, bom Apr. 16, 1955 in Salt Lake City 
Utah. 

WILLIAM CORWIN CROSS 

Wiliam Corwin Cross, born Jan. 3, 1948 to Elmer 
Charles and Evelyn Varley Cross, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Married Janet Wamenski, Mar. 24, 1966. Three children 
were bom to this union. 

1. Karyn Marie bom Nov. 26, 1966, in Salt Lake Utah. 

2. Cori, born June 15, 1969 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

3. Jessica, born Aug. 21, 1973, in Salt Lake City,Utah. 

CHARLES ROBERT VARLEY 

Charles Robert Varley, born Sept. 13, 1923, to 
William Horton and Emmeline Merkley Varley.Married 
Joy pvelyn Edens, Jan 20, 1958. Two sons were bom to 
this Union. 

1. Gary Lewis, born Dec. 16, 1949 in Miami 
Oklahoma. 

2. Phillip Dale, born Dec. 3, 1950 in Miami 
Oklahoma. 

PHILIP DALE VARLEY 

Phillip Dale Varley, born Dec. 3, 1950, to Charles 
Robert and Joy Evelyn Edens Varley in Miami Oklahoma. 
Married Connie Mildred Brown. They had two children. 

1. Phillip Dale, 2nd. born Dec. 22, 1968 in Salt Lake 
City Utah. 

2. Misty Lynn, bom June 25, 1970 in Germany. 

WILLIAM MANTLE VARLEY 

William Mantle Varley, born Oct. 16, 1928, to 
William Horton and Emeline Merkley Varley, in 


169 





Elva, Jay, Tub, Reva, Luella, Geraldine 
JEREMIAH MERKLEY 

Jeremiah Merkley, born Sept. 16, 1903, to Charles 
Albert and Mary Lovina Murray Merkley, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah. Marrid Dec. 3, 1925 Ora ETva. Butler, in 
Emmit Idaho. Three children born to them. 

1. Leora born July 13, 1929 in Vernal Utah. Bapt. May 
1, 1943. 

2. Gordon Ray,-. 

3. Geraldeen,-. 


Donald 

SIDNEY FRANKLIN MERKLEY 

Sidney Franklin Merkley “Farmer and Stockman", 
born Sept. 20, 1906, to Charles Albert and Mary Lovina 
Murray Merkley, in Vernal Uintah County Utah. Married 
Dec. 29, 1925 to Carrie Burton, born to John and Hattie 
Terrell Burton, Nov. 2, 1906. in Vernal Utah. Two sons, 
Donald Edgar, born Aug. 1, 1926, Vernal Utah. Died Jan. 
[24, 1941. 

Lorin Terrell, bom June 8, 1930, Vernal Utah. 

Sidney died Jan. 15, 1971 in Vernal Utah, and is 
buried in the Rock Point Cemetery. 


Sidney and Carrie Burton Merkley. 


I.orin and Beverly Merkley, Wayne, Terel, Lisa. 

LORIN TERRELL MERKLEY 

Lorin Terrell Merkley, born June 8, 1930, to Sidney 
Franklin and Carrie Burton Merkley, in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. Married Sept. 20, 1951. This marriage was 
solemnized in the Provo Temple May 21, 1977. Three 
children were born to this union. 

1. Wayne Don bom June 24, 1953 in Vernal, Utah. 

2. Terel Ray, born May 6, 1956 in Vernal Utah. 

3. Lisa Jane, born June 2,1961 in Vernal Utah. 










WAYNE DON MERKLEY 

Wayne Don Merkley, bom June 24, 1953 to Lorin 
Terrell and Beverly Jane Siddoway Merkley, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Married Robyn Millecam born Feb. 10, 1956 in 
Salt Lake City Utah. 


TEREL RAY MERKLEY 

Terel Ray Merkley, bom May 6, 1956 to LorinTerrell 
and Beverly Jane Siddoway Merkley in Vernal Uintah 
Co. Utah. Married Julie Ann Bigelow June 3, 1977 in the 
Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City Utah. A daughter was 
born to this marriage. 

1. Ashley Rae Merkley born Feb. 14, 1979 in Ogden 
Weber Co. Utah. 


EDWARD H. MERKLEY 


Edward H. Merkley, bom Feb. 10, 1935, to Ward 
Edward and Reva M. Horrocks Merkley, in Vernal Uintah 
Coi Utah, married Mar. 24, 1956 Geraldine Farrar, bom 
Deb. 8, 1938 in Layton Utah. Four children. 

1. Barabra, born June 1,1957 in Vernal Utah. 

2. Rodger Arron, born Apr. 15, 1959 in Vernal Utah. 

3. John Edward, born 10 May 1962, in Vernal Utah. 

4. Steven Ward bom Oct. 10, 1964 in Vernal Utah. 
This Marriage solemnized Sept. 18, 1957 in the Salt 

Lake Temple. 


Lisa and Tim Autun Reynolds 
LISA JANE MERKLEY 

Lisa Jane Merkley, born June 2, 1961, to Lorin Terrell 
and Beverly Jane Siddoway Merkley, in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. Married Timothy Ned M. Reynolds Aug. 9, 1979 in 
the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. 


Ward and Reva Merkley 
WARD EDWARD MERKLEY (TUB) 

Ward Edward Merkley (Tub), born to Charles Albert 
and Mary Lovina Murray Merkley, May 8, 1909 in Vernal 
Utah. Married Reva Horrocks, Jan. 17, 1934, in Vernal 
Uintah Co. Utah, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple 
June 9,1955. A son was born to them. 

1. Edward H. bom Feb. 10, 1935, in Vernal Utah. 


Edward and Geraldine Merkley 


171 





BARABRA MERKLEY WALLIS 

Barabra Merkley Wallis, born to Edward H. and 
Geraldine Farrar Merkley, June 1, 1957, in Vernal Uintah 
Co. Utah. Married Brad Lee Wallis, April 12, 1978 in the 
Salt Lake Temple for time and eternity. A son Bryon 
Verdon, was born to them, Apr. 17, 1979. 


SARAH MERKLEY 

Sarah Merkley, bom Aug. 6, 1911, to Charles Albert 
and Mori Lovina Murray Merkley, in Vernal Uintah Co. 
Utah. Married Joe Engbersen, lives in Oakland Calif. 
CHILDREN: 

Charles Engbersen 
Carol Engbersen 


172 



Sarah and Jodie Charles and Carol Engbersen. 








SAMUEL ASHBY MURRAY FAMILY 



Samuel Murray 


SAMUEL ASHBY MURRAY 

Samuel Ashby Murray, Born Sept. 27, 1874. In 
Spanish Fork, Utah Co., Utah. To Mary Ashby and 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray. Married Mary Jane Hansen Nov. 
20, 1895. Their were seven children born to them. 

1. Samuel. Ashby Murray, born June 21, 1899. 

2. Mary Catherine Murray, bom June 4, 1901. 

3. Cecil Ward Murray, born Nov. 16, 1903. Died Nov. 
10 1964. 

4. Viola Murray, bom Dec. 20, 1907. died Aug. 6, 
1979. 

5. Grant Murray, bom March 10, 1910. Died June 15, 
1911. 

6. Veda Murray, born Oct. 7, 1912. 

7. Wanda Murray, born May 18, 1918. 

Samuel was baptized Jan. 28, 1947. He has his 
temple work done. Endowments, Mar. 3, 1947. Sealed 
Mar. 3, 1947. Samuel died Aug 29, 1942. 



Cecil, Sam, Mary. Wanda, Veda, Aunt Jane Murray, Viola 


Uncle Sam and Aunt Jane Murray 

SAMUAL ASHBY 
and 

MARY JANE HANSEN MURRAY 

Samual Ashby was bom Sept. 25, 1874, in Spanish 
Fork, Utah Co.. Utah, married Nov. 20, 1895, in Vernal 
Utah. 

Mary Jane Hansen bom May 10, 1876, to Hans 
Fredric and Anna Catherine Neilson Hansen. 

When the oldest children were small they lived on a farm 
in Davis Ward, where Jane had a large garden, an orchard 




173 




and several hives of bees which she cared for and ex¬ 
tracted the honey herself. Every year she canned hun¬ 
dred’s of quarts of fruit, many were given to the needy. 

About 1904 Sam and Ward bought a saloon (the little 
Chicago) from Harry Yamelland the family moved into 
town on the corner of fifth north and Vernal Ave., and 
later moved over by the Imperial Dance Hall. 

About 1906, he sold the business and moved back to 
the farm and went to work hauling freight by team for the 
Uintah Railway, between Vernal and Dragon. A year later 
he was made corrall Boss and the family spent the summer 
in Dragon, living in a tent and using a freight wagon for a 
bedroom. That fall he came home and worked on the 
threshing machine (jane was pregnant) with Viola. Sam, 
Ward, and Will ran the thresher together, later Ward sold 
his share and Sam and Will ran it together for some time. 
It is not known when it was sold or to whom. In the fall of 
1910 they were threshing for Johnny Bennion in the south 
end of Davis Ward. A deaf man by the name of Jim Smith 
emptied the hot ashes from his pips in the chaff, starting a 
fire, destroyed the Separator and Bennion’s grain. 

Sam and Will went to Salt lake, bought a new Separator 
and finished the harvest. Of course they had no insurance 
and had to pay for Bennion’s 'ain. 

Sam worked at various jobs while running the farm 
at the shearing Corrall and the Dipping Corrall. He was a 
school trustee until the schools consolidated, was water 
commissioner for the Upper Canal, also ran cattle and 
sheep. He died Aug. 29, 1942. 

Jane was an active worker in the church, in the Relief 
Society, Primary, Sunday School, taught Trail Builder 
class for years. She was on the origional U.B.I.C. com¬ 
mittee for several years. She was a Midwife, and brought 
well over a thousand babies into the world, in 1918 and 
1919 flu epidemic she nursed one hundred and twenty- 
nine flu patients, and only lost one. The only pay she 
received was a Jersey calf, we called her Flusey and she 
grew up to be an exceptionally good milk cow. 

She continued nursing after we moved into town and 
worked for Dr. Homer Rich, Dr. F.G.. Eskelson, and Dr. 
Hansen. She also ran the hospital for two years. 

During World War II, she worked in a garment 
factory. She was Secretary of the Ladies Safety League. 

Aunt Jane, as she waas often called, died July 31, 


1945. 



Mary, Viola, Veda and Wanda 


SAMUEL ASHBY MURRAY JR. 

Samuel Ashby Murray Jr., Bom June 21, 1899, in 
Vernal, Uintah Co., Utah. To Mary Jane Hansen and 
Samuel Ashby Murray. He married Bertha Jane Hatch 
March 8,1919. They hae one child bom to them. 

1. Lloyd Murray, bora May 6, 1923. 

Samuel was baptized July 5,-. His Temple work 

has been done. Endowments, May 8, 1959. Sealed May 8, 
1959. 

MARY CATHERINE MURRAY 

Mary Catherine Murray, Bora June 4, 1901, in 
Vernal, Uintah, Co., Utah. To Mary Jane Hansen and 
Samuel Ashby Murray. Married Milton LeVene Beers July 
18, 1921. Their were four children bora to them. 

1. Milton Howard Beers, bora Oct. 27, 1922. Died 
June 25, 1966. 

2. Betty Jane Beers, bora Feb. 18, 1924. 

3. Earl “A” Beers, bora Dec. 5, 1925. 

4. Marjorie Beers, bora Nov. 13, 1927. 

Mary was baptized July 3, 1909. Her Endowments 
were done July 9, 1919. 

MILTON HOWARD BEERS 

Milton Howard Beers, Bora Oct. 27, 1922, to Mary 
Catherine Murray and Milton Levene Beers, in Venier, 
Los Angeles Co., California. He married Bennie Vivian 
Fletcher June 16, 1950. They had one child bora to them. 

1. Paul Fletcher Beers, bora April 24, 1952. Died 
April 25, 1952. 

Milton was baptized March 5, 1932. He died June 25, 
1966. 

BETTY JANE BEERS 

Betty Jane Beers, bora Feb. 18, 1924 in Venice, Los 
Angeles Co., Calif. To Mary Catherine Murray and Milton 
LeVene Beers. Married Franklin Parker Middleton July 
1950. Their were two children born to them. 

1. David Franklin Middleton, bora Apr. 1, 1951. 

2. Jana Kay Middleton, born Mar. 15, 1954. 

Betty was baptized Mar. 5, 1932. 

JANE KAY MIDDLETON 

Jane Kay Middleton, Born Mar. 5, 1954, in Glendale, 
Los Angeles Co., Calif., to Betty Jane Beers and Franklin 
Parker Middleton. Married Carl August Pascoe, Mar. 26, 
1976. 

EARL"A”BEERS 

Earl "A” Beers, bom Dec. 5, 1925, in Venice, Los 
Angeles Co., Calif., to Mary Catherine Murray and Milton 
LeVere Beers. Married Shirley May Elliot on May 3, 1947. 
Their were three children bora to them. 

1. Russell Kent Beers, bora Sept. 2, 1954. 

2. Roger Martin Beers, born May 3, 1956. 

3. Yvonne Denise Beers, bom June 16, 1958. 


174 






YVONNE DENISE BEERS 

Yvonne Denise Beers, bom June 16, 1958, in Lyn¬ 
wood, Los Angeles Co., Calif, to Shirley May Elliott and 
Earl "A” Beers. Married Alan Schafer May 5,1978. 

MARJORIE BEERS 

Marjorie Beers, bom Nov. 13, 1937, in Reseda, Los 
Angeles Co., Calif, to Mary Catherine Murray and Milton 
LeVene Beers. Married Mitchel Leon Madole. Their was 
one child born to them. 

1. Glenda Rae Madole, born Sept. 30, 1950. 

GLENDA RAY MADOLE 

Glenda Ray Madole, bom Sept. 30, 1950, in Comp- 
tom, Los Angeles Co., Calif, to Marjorie Beers and 
Mitchell Leon Madole. Married Donald James Franklin 
Levitt Dec. 31, 1975. Their was one child bom to them. 

1. Mary Loretta Madole, bom Nov. 19, 1970. 

CECIL WARD MURRAY 

Cecil Ward Murray, bom Nov. 16, 1903, in Vernal, 
Uintah Co., Utah, to Mary Jane Hansen and Samuel Ash¬ 
by Murray. Married Nora Geneva Dahling Feb. 2, 1931. 
There were two two children bom to them. 

1. Joe B. Murray, born July 8, 1926. 

2. Carrol Jeanne Murray, bom Aug. 8, 1932. 

JOE B. MURRAY JR. 

Joe B. Murray Jr., bom Aug. 14, 1950, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Co., Utah, to Glenna Oaks and Joe B. Murray. 
Married Judy Campbell Oct. 9, 1970. Their has been four 
children bom to them. 

1. Janeen Murray, bom Apr. 2, 1971. 

2. Juleena Murray, bora Aug. 26, 1972. 

3. Jennifer Murray, born Mar. 29, 1974. 

4. Curg C. Murray, bom Aug. 1, 1976. 

Joe was baptized Jan. 31, 1959. 

CAROLE JEANNE MURRAY 

Carole Jeanne Murray, bora Aug. 7, 1932, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Co., Utah, to Nora Geneva Dahling and Cecil 
Ward Murray. Married Chesley Schart Mar. 15, 1951. 
There have been five children bom to them. 

1. Jackie Lynn Schart, born Dec. 16, 1951. 

3. Vickie Lynette Schart, bom Jan. 29, 1952. 

3. Teresa Ann Schart, bom June 2, 1953. 

4. Cynthia Schart, bom Dec. 6, 1955. 

5. Murray Chesley Schart, bora Aug. 23, 1959. 

TERESA ANN SCHART 

Teresa Ann Schart, born June 2, 1953, in Fort Sill, 
Oklahoma, to Carole Jeanne Murray and Chesley Schart. 
Married Randall Vance Johnson Dec. 16, 1976. They have 
had one child born to them. 


1. Jacquelin Johnson, bom Apr. 10, 1978. 

CYNTHIA SCHART 

Cynthia Schart, Born Dec. 6, 1955, in Queen, 
Queenboro Co., New York, to Carole Jeanne Murray and 
Chesley Schart. Married Rodney H. Park Apr. 30, 1977. 

VIOLA MURRAY 

Viola Murray, Bom Dec. 20, 1907, in Vernal, Uintah, 
Co^, Utah. To Mary Jane Hansen and Samuel Ashby 
Murray. Married Garnett Vance Swain June 13, 1927. 
Their were two children born to them. 

1. Douglas “G” Swain, bom Oct. 13, 1935. 

2. Sue Ellen Swain, born.Died July 10, 1940. 

Viola was baptized June 8, 1916. Died Aug. 6, 1979. 

DOUGLAS “G” SWAIN 

Douglas “G” Swan, born Oct. 13, 1935, in Vernal, 
Uiiitah Co., Utah to Viola Murray and Garnett Vance 
Swain. Married Marilyn Young Jan. 11, 1954. There were 
two children born to them. 

1. Douglas Rick Swain, bom Oct. 21, 1954. 

2-Kim Marie Swain, bom, Dec. 3, 1955. 

DOUGLAS RICK SWAIN 

Douglas Rick Swain, bora Oct. 21, 1954, in Midland 
Texas, to Marilyn Young and Douglas "G” Swain. Married 
Melaine DeAnne Ruiz Feb. 21, 1976. There has been one 
child bom to them. 

1. Christine Marie Swain, bom Nov. 21, 1978. 

KIM MARIE SWAIN 

Kim Marie Swain, bom Dec. 3, 1955, in Midland 
Tesas, to Marilyn Swain and Douglas “G” Swain. Married 
Mark Phillip Peters Dec. 19, 1976. 

VEDA MURRAY 

Veda Murray, bom Oct. 7, 1912. In Vernal, Uintah 
Cd., Utah, to Mary Jane Hansen and Samuel Ashby 
Murray. Married Edgar Labrum Aug. 29, 1932. There 
have been two children born to them. 

1. JoAnn Labrum, born Mar. 28, 1934. 

2. Ray Edgar Labrum, born July 12, 1937. 

Veda was baptized July 2, 1921. She has had her 
temple work done. Endowments, Apr. 1, 1966. Sealed 
Apr. 1, 1966. 

JO ANNLABRUM 

JoAnn Labrum, bom Mar. 28, 1934, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Co., Utah, to Veda Murray and Edgar Labrum. 
Married Elvon “D” Bastien Oct. 31, 1951. There were 
seven children born to them. 

1. DeAnn Bastien, bom Apr. 18, 1952. 


175 





2. Brent Bastien, bora June 24, 1953. 

3. Edgar Kent Bastien, born Apr. 9, 1955. 

4. Elvin Don Bastien, bora Jan. 26, 1960. 

5. Gordon Ray Bastien, bora Sept. 20, 1961. 

6. Shelly Bastien, born Mar. 10, 1967. 

7. Sandra Bastien, bora June 19, 1971. 

Jo Ann was baptized June 6, 1942. 

DEANN BASTIAN 

DeAnn Bastian, bora Apr. 18, 1952 in Roosevelt, 
Duchesne Co., Utah, to Jo Ann Labrum and Elvin “D” 
Bastian. Married Dennis "K” Christensen Sept. 1970. 
There have been four children bora to them. 

1. Diana “K” Christensen, bora June 14,1971. 

2. Denise Christensen, bora Mar. 10, 1973. 

3. Danette Christensen, born Sept. 7, 1975. 

4. Dalena Christensen, born Dec. 25, 1976. 

DeAnn was baptized Apr. 30, 1960. 

BRENT BASTIEN 

Brent Bastien, born June 24, 1953, in Roosevelt, 
Duchesne Co., Utah, to Jo Ann Labrum and Elvin “D” 
Bastien. Married Leah Cook Oct. 9, 1975. They have had 
two children born to them. 

1. Krista Bastien, born Jan. 10, 1976. 

2. Rocky “C” Bastian, Bora Sept. 26, 1978. 

Brent was baptized Aug. 5, 1961. He has had his 
temple work done. Endowments Oct. 9, 1975. Sealed Oct. 
9, 1975. 

EDGAR KENT BASTIEN 

Edgar Kent Bastien, born Apr. 9, 1955, in Roosevelt, 
Uintah, Co., Utah, to Jo Ann Labrum and Elvin “D” 
Bastien. Married Sharon McDonald Aug. 4, 1973. They 
have had two children born to them. 

1. Darrell Kent Bastien, bora Mar. 9, 1974. 

2. Ronnie Wayne Bastien, born May 1, 1978. 

Edgar was baptized May 4, 1963. 

RAY EDGAR LABRUM 

Ray Edgar Labrum, born July 12, 1937, in Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Co., Utah, to Veda Murray and Edgar Labrum. 
Married Priscilla Kynston Feb. 8, 1963. There have been 
three children born to them. 

1. Destry Ray Labrum, bom June 12, 1966. 

2. Sherri Lyn Labrum, born Aug. 4, 1967. 

3. Scott Labrum, born July 9, 1973. 

Ray was baptized Jan. 27,1946. He has had his temple 
work done. Endowments, Feb. 8, 1963. Sealed Feb. 8, 
1963. 

WANDA MURRAY 

Wanda Murray, bora May 18, 1918, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Mary Jane Hansen and Samuel Ashby 
Murray. Married Dell Charles Jacobsen Feb. 24, 1940. 

176 


DOUGLAS LUDVIC JACOBSON 


Douglas Ludvic Jacobsen, born Nov. 4, 1942, in 
Winnemucca, Humbolt Co., Nev. to Wanda Murray and 


There were two children bom to them. 

1. Douglas Ludvich Jacobsen, bom Nov. 4, 1942. 

2. Rex “D” Jacobsen, Bora Sept. 11, 1947. 

•SMki 


Douglas and Nadine, Julie Ann, Phillip, Bradley Rex. 













Dell Charles Jacobsen. Married Betty Nadine Stingham 
Dec. 29,1962. They have had three children born to them. 

1. Julie Ann Jacobsen, born Sept. 28, 1965. 

2. Phillip Jacobsen, born July 13, 1967. 

3. Bradley Rex Jacobsen, bom Sept. 28, 1969. 
Douglas has had his temple work done. Endowed 

Oct. 31, 1963, Sealed Oct. 31, 1963. 

REX “D” JACOBSEN 

Rex “D” Jacobsen, bom Sept. 11, 1947, in Vernal. 
Uintah, Utah., to Wanda Murray and Dell Charles 
Jacobsen. Married Dixie Lee Sorenson Sept. 17, 1970. 
There have been three children bom to them. 

1. Rachelle Jacobsen, born Nov. 4. 1971. 

2. Josh “D” Jacobsen, bom June 21, 1975. 

3. Danelle Jacobsen, bom Nov. 20, 1976. 



177 



MARGARET MURRAY HARRISON 

FAMILY 



Margaret and Peter Harrison. 



Peter and Margaret Murray Harrison. 


MARGARET MURRAY HARRISON 

Margaret Murray Harrison, daughter of Mary Ashby 
and Jeremiah Hatch Murray, was born in Spanish Fork, 
Utah, September 9, 1876. The family moved to Mill Ward 
(Vernal, Utah) when she was ten years old. Her father 
cleared the land for farming and planted an orchard of 
fruit trees. To get the young trees to grow, Margaret and 
her brother, Sam, helped in hauling water in large barrells 
to water them. 

Mother attended school which was called, at that 
time, Mud Temple. She and her friend, Winnie Collett, 

178 


would sit on the ditch bank and eat their school lunch of 
bread and butter. 

On November 2, 1892, she married'Peter Harrison 
and they settled in Vernal, Utah. Mother planted flowers 
of Moss Roses and Flocks. Years later they were still 
there. Clara Murray Jenkins remembers picking a bouquet 
of these flowers when she was a little girl. Mother had two 
children born in Vernal at this time, my sister Mabel and 
my brother Jerry. 

In 1895 they moved to Upper Deep Creek. Dad took 
up a homestead. Deep Creek is 25 miles from Vernal over 
the ridge from Dry Fork. He built a two room sawed-off 
log house and later added two more rooms and a back 
porch. My father was a successful farmer and stockman. 
After thrashing the wheat, he would take some of it to the 
mill and had their year supply of flour milled. The rest of 
the wheat was exchanged at the stores for winter clothing 
and supplies such as sugar, salt, etc. My grandfather John 
Harrison would peddle Mother’s butter, cheese and eggs 
to the Indian Agency at Whiterocks and Ft. Duchesne to 
the soldier’s wives. 

As an example of my Mother’s pride in her home and 
her ingenuity, she put building paper on the rough walls 
and ceilings and sewed carpet rages and had them weaved 
into carpets for her floors. 

They made many Indian friends while living on Deep 
Crpek. The Indians would come to their door and say, 
“Peter Harrison my friend,” and Mother would give them 
bread and if she was short on bread, she would make them 
biscuits. 

Mother had a very pleasant singing voice and she 
loved to sit at the organ and sing as she played the chords 
to accompany her. Later she developed a goiter and was, 
unable to sing, and she would go about the house doing 
her work humming. 

Seven children was born while living on Deep Creek, 
two twin girls, Zina and LaVina. LaVina died when she 
was two months old. Russell, Pearl, Bertha, Ruth and 
Frances. Bertha died at birth. It was during the time of 
Bertha’s birth when Dad had to send Jerry at 10 years of 
age, on a horse 8 miles away to Whiterocks for the doctor. 
The mid-wife was having trouble with Mother pulling her 
through this birth. 

In 1910, Father sold the ranch and moved the family 
to Glines Ward (Vernal). There he did a little fanning and 
freighting. In 1911 Carl Red was bom. Morgan and 
Margaret, twins, was bom in 1916. Margaret died a year 
later. 






Carl, Russell, Jerry, Morgan 


In 1918 Dad was appointed Government ditch rider 
on the Indian Reservation for the Upper project. In 1920 
he moved the family to the Reservation at LaPoint. He 
bought the Billie Preece homestead. They built a 5 room 
sawed-off log house. My Father was also a co-owner in the 
LaPoint Drug Store with my husband, Dan Anderson. 
Dad remained in charge of the Government Ditch project 
until the time of his death, February 16, 1929. Mother was 
left with two minor children when Dad died, Carl age 17 
and Morgan age 12. Carl married at the age of 18, so 
Mother and Morgan were left to run the farm. 

While Mother and Morgan were running the farm, 
she raised turkeys for the taxes and water. They milked 
cows for a cream check to survive on. 

Dan and I took Mother to a turkey farm near Tooele 
to purchase a prize gobbler for her turkey flock. We drove 
all the way from Tooele to Lapoint, with my 
daughters Margaret and Betty, my brother Morgan and 
Mother (with the turkey’s legs tied and at Mother’s feet) 
Dan and I in the middle of February. Raising turkeys was a 
full-time job; getting up at day break to follow the hens to 
their nests. At Thanksgiving time the turkeys would be 
ready for market. As they were choice birds, most of the 
larger and better markets in Salt Lake City were anxious 
to purchase Mother’s turkeys. I am sure one of her turkeys 
graced the Governor’s Thanksgiving table. 

When Morgan was of high school age, Mother sent 
him to Salt Lake City to complete his high school 
education, staying at my home. 

In 1937 Mother sold the farm and moved to LaPoint 
town where she built a three room house with a back 
porch. On May 1, 1950 she broke her hip. In June of the 
same year she had a blood clot form in her foot and her leg 
was amputated.^he lived with Dan and I in Vernal until 
April 1951 when she moved back home with only a 9 year 
old little girl, Ann Turner to stay with her to run errands 
and get water and wood, etc. 

Mother had two boys go on missions for the LDS 
Church, Jerry and Russell. Five Grandsons and one 



Ruth, Frances, Mable, Pearl, Zina. 

Granddaughter filled missions. Dale, Clinton and Ramona 
Harrison, Arvin Harrison, Jack Jenkins and Wayne 
Harrison. She also had two sons in the Army at the time of 
War. Russell in World War I and Morgan in World War II. 
There were eleven grandchildren who served their 
country with Ferris Harrison giving his life in the line of 
duty in the South Pacific and Peter Harrison died at the 
Letterman Naval Hospital San Francisco, Ca. after a long 
illness. 

Mother was an active member of the LaPoint Ward. 
She was affectionately called, Aunt Mag or Maggie by 
many who knew her. She never let a problem or obstacle 
get in her way. She would say, "I was here first” and face 
whatever the problem was and solved it. She never liked 
gossip. If she was around gossip, she would say, “Judge 
not, you be not Judged.” She was always able to “set a 
table” at any time when unexpected visitors dropped in 
without going to a lot of preparation. It would look and 
taste as if she had spent hours preparing the food. 

Mother’s children, granchildren and friends 
remember her as a woman of great ambition; self- 
educated and very informed on politics and science, a 
keen sense of humor and an inexhaustable will to face her 
obstacles square in the eye and fare for herself, not to 
depend onothers to support her. 

Mother died April 12, 1952 at the age of 75 at 
Roosevelt, Utah while visiting her son Carl. She died of a 
Cereberal Hemmorage. 

I, Elzine Harrison Anderson am the only one left 
from a family of 12 children. I have just turned 84 at the 
writing of my Mother’s History, June of 1980. 

NANCY MABLE HARRISON JENKINS 


Nancy Mable, known throughout her life as Mable, 
was the daughter of Margaret Murray Harrison and Peter 
Hayden Harrison, born in Maeser, Vernal. She was 
married to David Franklin (known as Frank) who was 
born in Vernal. They moved from Vernal to Lapoint in 


179 









DAVID FRANKLIN JENKINS 





Nancy, Mable Harrison Jenkins 
1920 where Frank worked for the government clearing 
Indian lands of sagebrush for farming. Frank worked in 
coal mines, sawmills, and farmed most of his life. When 
the Lapoint Ward Chapel was to be built, the bishop 
assessed Frank to work 45 days on the building. Before it 
was finished, he had put in 59 days; mostly hauling lumber 
for the building from the Johnson Sawmill on Paradise 
Creek and freighting materials from Price. Mable taught 
the little children in Primary for 18 years, served as a 
teacher in the Mutual for four years working with the 
Beehives. She was a member of the Relief Society for 45 
years, riding a horse to the meetings and visiting the sick 
when the roads were bad for other forms of travel. A total 
of 43 years was devoted to being a Relief Society visiting 
teacher. A great deal of pride was taken in being a 
member of the Utah Daughters of Pioneers all her married 
life. 

Mable and Frank were the parents to ten children: 
David P., Lapoint; Lila Maude, dragged to death by a 
horse; Pearl Preece, Craig, Colorado; Earl H„ Payson, 
Utah; Merl Horrocks, Lapoint, Utah; Reva Workman, 
Roosevelt, Utah; Jack E. Bellevue, Washington; Frank 
W., Craig Colorado; Rex T., Craig Colorado; and Frances 
Lou, Roosevelt, Utah. 


Mable is remembered as being a kind generous 
mother, and friend to all, very proud of her Murray 
Heritage, and could recite her genealogy by memory. 



Mable and Frank Jenkins 


David Franklin Jenkins, born 29 June 1893 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized, 1 Sept. 1901 Ednowed, 18 Aug. 
1960 Sealed 18 Aug. 1960. Married, 21 Nov. 1911 Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Died 8 Feb. 1959 Roosevelt, Duchesne, 
Utah Buried Lapoint Uintah, Utah. Father: David Jenkins 
Mother: Lydia Ann Beckstead. 

Wife: Nancy Mable Harrison. Born: 23 May 1893 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 5 Aug. 1902 Endowed: 
18 Aug. 1960 Sealed: 18 Aug. 1960. Died: 7 Aug. 1967 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah Buried: Lapoint, Uintah, 
Utah. Father: Peter Hayden Harrison Mother: Margaret 
Murray. ! 

Children 

1. David Peter Jenkins 2 Feb. 1912, Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized: 19 July 1921. Married: 15 Feb. 1935, 
Mearl Annie Davis. 

2. Lila Maude Jenkins 17 May 1914, Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Died 8 Nov. 1922. Baptized: 4 Aug. 1958 Endowed: 
25 Feb. 1959 Sealed to Parents: 18 Aug. 1960. 

3. Earl Harrison (Twin) 16 May 1917 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah. Baptized: 1 Aug. 1925. Married: 8 July 
1936 Ellen Ruby Olson. 

4. Pearl Harrison (twin) 16 May 1917 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah. Baptized: 1 Aug. 1925. Married: Alma 
Dean Preece 13 Nov. 1934. 

5. Merl Marie Jenkins 23 March 1920 Vernal Uintah, 
Utah Baptized: 3 June 1928 Endowed: 12 Nov. 1957 
Sealed: 18 Nov. 1960. Married: 13 Nov. 1937 Ronald 
Taylor Horrocks. 

6. Reva Jenkins Born: 7 Feb. 1924, Lapoint Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized: 6 Aug. 1932. Endowed: 9 June 1959 
Sealed to parents 18 Nov. 1960. Married: 17 Jan. 1944 
Eugene Workman. 

7. Jack Edwin Jenkins Born: 3 July 1926 Lapoint, 
Uintah Utah. Baptized: 6 July 1935 Endowed: 22 June 

1950 Sealed to Parents: 18 Nov. 1960 Married: 23 Sept. 
1955 Donna Leavitt. 

8. Frank Wesley Jenkins Born 29 May 1929 Lapoint 
Uintah, Utah Baptized : 4 June 1938. Married : 26 July 
1948 Wilma Gilstrap (div.) 

9. Rex Thomas Jenkins Born: 9 May 1932 Lapoint, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 5 July 1941. Married: 15 Jan. 1957 
Carolyn Wozniak (div.) 

10. Francis Lou Jenkins Born 12 Nov. 1935 Lapoint, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 2 Sept. 1944 Endowed: 22 June 
1964 Sealed to Parents: 22 June 1960. Married: 15 Dec. 

1951 Junior Richie Stubbs (div) (1) (2) Md Ron Price. 

DAVID PETER JENKINS 

David Peter Jenkins born February 2, 1912, at Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, son of David Franklin Jenkins and Nancy 
Mable Harrison. He grew up and went to school in 
Lapoint. Learned to work with his father, He married 
Mearl Annie Davis February 11, 1953 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, they have one daughter, Alice Iola Jenkins, July 8, 
1936 at grandmother Annie Davis home in LaPoint. 

David and Mearl have worked side by side farming 





Mearl, David, Jenkins, Alice, Valerie, Clyde, Calvin. 


and raising Herford cattle. They have four grandchildren, 
Timothy Ray Harpole, born October 20, 1960. He is now 
on a two year LDS mission to Germany, Clyde J. Harpole, 
born November 22, 1961 died in May 6, 1946 which really 
saddened the family. Valerie Lynn Harpole born March 
16, 1963. 

Alice Married Calvin John Clerico July 31 1968 Calvin 
Dean was born May 10, 1970. Alice is making her home 
next to her father and mother. 

David is now raising race horses, enjoys entering 
them in the local races. 



Jack, Frances Lou, Frank, ^teva, Merl, Pearl, Earl, David 
Jenkins. 


EARL HARRISON JENKINS 

Earl Harrision Jenkins, born 16 May 1916 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah. Baptized: 1 Aug. 1925 Married: 8 July 


1936 Lapoint, Uintah Utah. Father: David Franklin 
Jenkins Mother: Nancy Mable Harrison 

Wife: Ellen Ruby Olson, born: 31 May 1920, 
Whiterocks, Uintah, Utah. Baptized: 3 July 1932 Father: 
Siguard Olson Mother: Rose Ella Boren. 

Children 

1. Clyde Siguard Jenkins 9 Jan. 1937 Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah Married: 1 March 1938 Helen Marie Sundblohm 
Died: 30 Nov. 1958. 

2. Oliver Earl Jenkins 9 Feb. 1939 Vernal Uintah, 
Ut^h Baptized: 1 July 1961 Married: Shirley Paxman (div) 

3. Martin Jenkins 26 Feb. 1941 Lapoint, Uintah, Utah 
Baptized: 6 Feb. 1954 Married: Marjie Knotts (div) 

4. Ellen Rose Jenkins 23 Dec. 1942 Price, Carbon, 
Utjih. 

5. Edwin Darrell Jenkins 29 Spet. 1945 Price, Carbon, 
Utkh Baptized: 6 Feb. 1954 Married: 14 April 1967 
Suzanne Barney 

6. Nancy Earlene Jenkins Born: 13 March 1947 Price, 
Carbon, Utah Married: Frank Wilkinson (div) 

7. David Roy Jenkins 14 Sept. 1948 Price, Carbon, 
Utah Baptized: 3 Oct. 1959. 

8. Kenneth George 8 Oct. 1950 Dragerton, Carbon, 
Utah Baptized: 5 Nov. 1960 Married: 23 Dec. 1968 Sherry 
Lyn Beardall. 

9. Michael Dan Jenkins 24 April 1952 Kenilworth, 
Carbon, Utah Baptized: 5 Nov. 1960 Married: 14 March 
1970 Deborah Ann Toole. 

10. Mitchell Van 2 June 1953 Price, Carbon Utah. 

11. Russell Peter 9 Jan. 1956 Spanish Fork, Utah 
Baptized: 29 Feb. 1964. 

12. Jerry Layne Jenkins 29 Jan. 1958 Payson, Utah, 
Utah Baptized: 4 Mar. 1967. 

CLYDE SIGUARD JENKINS (Pete) 

Clyde Siguard Jenkins (Pete) Bom: 8 January 1937 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Married: 1 March 1957 Springville, 
Utah, Utah (div) Died : 30 November 1958 Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah Buried Spanish Fork, Utah. Father: Earl 
Harrison Jenkins Mother: Ellen Ruby Olson. 

Wife: Helen Marie Sundblohm Born: 14 Sept. 1938 
Sprjingville, Utah, Utah. Baptized: 22 Sept. 1946. Father: 
Charles Levi Sundblohm Mother: Leora Elizabeth 
Peterson. Other husband: Earl Max Ainge (2) 

Children 

1. Beckie Marie Jenkins Born: 14 January 1958 Provo, 
Utah, Utah Baptized: 5 Feb. 1966. 

EDWIN DARRELL JENKINS 

Edwin Darrell Jenkins Bom: 29 Sept. 1945 Price, 
Carbon, Utah. Baptized: 6 Feb. 1954 Endowed: 14 April 
1967 Married: 14 April 1967 Salt Lake City, Utah. Father: 
Earl Harrison Jenkins Mother: Ellen Ruby Olson 

Wife: Suzanne Barney Born: 17 June 1948 Provo, 
Utah, Utah. Father: Harold Charles Barney Mother: 
Dawn Nita Hiatt Baptized: Endowed: 14 April 1967 
Sealed: 14 April 1967. 

Children 


181 











1. Jeannie Ann Jenkins Born: 13 Dec. 1971 Payson, 
Utah, Utah BIC 

2. Jared Edwin Jenkins Born: 18 Oct. 1973 Payson, 
Utah, Ujah BIC 

3. Melanie Dawn Jenkins Born: 26 Oct. 1975 Payson 
Utah, Utah BIC. 

Edwin served an LDS Mission to Montana, Billings, 
1965 to ‘66. Entered BYU upon retumig home. Works in a 
grocery store at Provo, Utah. 


Dean and Pearl Preece, Dennis, Linda Fay. Larry Dean. 

DEAN AND PEARL JENKINS PREECE 

Dean and Pearl Jenkins Preece were married Nov. 13, 
1933 in Vernal, Utah. Dean is the son of Heber and Minnie 
Cook Preece and Pearl, the daughter of David Franklin 
and Nancy Mable Harrison Jenkins. Dean and Pearl had 
three children, Larry Dean, Stanley Dennis, Linda Faye. 
Larry Dean married Janice Williams, Nov. 4, 1955, their 
children, Lari Luann, born July 25, 1958. Larry Dean II, 
Aug. 14, 1960; Larinda Rae, April 2, 1962. Stanley Dennis 
married Mary Ann Schattinger, March 21, 1964. Their 
children, Brian Eugene, born Sept. 5, 1965; Deanna Dair, 
Nov. 19, 1968, Scott Deon Sept. 6, 1962. Linda Faye 
married John Phillip Pinnt Nov. 11, 1967. Their children: 
Tammra Faye, bom July 1, 1968; Travis Dean, Aug. 8, 
1972; Shelly Ann, Dec. 6, 1974; John Kenneth, Jan. 17, 
1977. Lari Cattoor, mother Jeremy Frederick, bom April 
29, 1976. Pearl Preece, great-grandmother. 

Dean and Pearl started their life together farming in 
Lapoint, Utah where their two sons were bom. In 1947 
Dean and Pearl moved to Craig, Colorado where Dean as 
a partner with his four brothers bought the Joe Livingston 
sheep outfit. The Preece brothers were together for 
several years when in 1954 each owned their own, Dean 
and Pearl owning the Keystone Livestock Ranch on Price 
Creek where they ran their flocks of sheep raised hay, 
grain. Larry Dean, Dennis and Their daughter, Linda, 
were their pride and joy. The boys working hard by their 
daddy’ side, Linda learning to ride on her prize quarter 
horse her daddy gave her. We were a happy family there. 


Pearl and her daughter-in-laws help in the summer 
cooking, running errands and sometimes even helping in 
the fields and keeping the yard beautiful. They also had 
their home in Craig which was beautiful with shrubs and 
flowers all over. 

Their three children all graduated from high school. 
Larry Dean, the machinist, helped his dad on the farm. 
Dennis attended college, graduating and teaching school 
in Vernal, Utah for 12 years, making a name for Vernal’s 
wrestling team. His home is now in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Linda attended two years college in Denver and her 
talents were teaching and bookeeping and riding. 

Pearl was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints, being a Relief Society teacher for 35 
years, primary president for three years, boy scout leader 
for 12 years and teaching the small children, serving 30 
years in the primary. She served in the mutual for 20 years 
as second counselor, sports director and taught the 12- 
year old boys for years. In her helping time she taught 
substitute teaching for 12 years to help out. 

Dean passed away April 2, 1970 and oldest son, Larry 
Dean, was killed in a car accident, May 5, 1978. There 
have been sad times but I have been blessed with good 
health and love my ten grandchildren and one great- 
grandson. Dennis and Linda show their love by being 
devoted to their mother in comforting her when she is sad 
or sick. I have a beautiful but old home, having lived in it 
for 33 years. The yard shows evidence of hard work and 
loving care and is beautiful all summer. 

I have three wonderful sisters, Merl Horrock, Reva 
Workman, Francis Price, and brothers, David, twin Earl, 
Jack, Frank, and Rex Jenkins. We are one big happy 


182 










■ 


family and are very devoted to one another. My life is full 
and happy. I bowl, play golf, bridge, pinochle and play 
with and enjoy my children. I do crewel work, crocheting 
afghans. I just love life and keep busy. I am thankful for 
the many blessings I have and for my health and family, 
taking care of anyone who knocks on my door. It is always 
open and all are welcome. May God bless us. 

Pearl Preece 
Craig, Colorado 


MERL JENKINS HORROCKS 


Merl Jenkins Horrocks was born 23 March 1920, at 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. My parents are David Franklin 
Jenkins and Nancy Mable Harrison. My grandparents are 
Peter Harrison and Margaret Murray. I am the fifth child 
of a family of ten. My parents are both deceased and one 
sister Lila Maude, who was dragged to death by a horse 
when she was eight years old. 

On 13 November 1937, I married Roland Taylor 
Horrocks at Duchesne, Duchesne, Utah Our marriage was 
later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. 

We are parents of eight children-five boys and three 
girls, and are grandparents to twenty-one grand children 
and one great granddaughter. Our children’s names are 
Ronald Keith born November 11, 1938, Howard Jack bom 
June 25, 1941, Marlene, born March 16, 1943, Franklin 
Glenn, bom November 27, 1946, Judy Marie born April 
10, 1950, Lewis Joseph bom December 12, 1953, Bruce 
Taylor born August 6, 1960, Becky Ann bom February 27, 
1963. 


Blake Horrocks 


Du Anons Horrocks 


Desiree Horrocks 


Sheridan Horrocks 






I attended grade school in Lapoint, Utah and 
graduated from Alterra High School May 26, 1938.1 loved 
sports and all kinds and participated on the high school 
baseball, basketball team and track teams. 

I have worked in Sunday School, Primary, 
Mutual, and a Visiting Teacher in the Relief Society. 
Ronald has worked in the Sunday School Superin¬ 
tendency, and a Home Teacher several years. 

In March 13, 1976, we sold our farm to our son Glenn 
and moved in a trailer west of the highway. We lived on 
the farm for 43 years. We recently had our 40th wedding 
anniversary, with all our family attending. This was a very 
special occasion for Ronald and I. 

At this writing we still have Bruce and Becky at 
home. Bruce is working on an oil rig, and Becky is a junior 
at Union High School. 

We were married in the good old days, when the price 
of gas was 25 cents per gallon; sugar 78 cents per pound; 
canned milk, pork and beans, carrots, peas, com were all 
10 cents each. We hauled our water with the wagon and 
team from the river for three years. No electricity for the 
first six years of our marriage. We did everything the real 
hard way with team and horse. Ronald always had a good 
team and riding horse. 

We enjoyed living the hard way and have survived 
very good. We would milk 20 cows by hand, then Ronald 
would go to Vernal, Utah to be there by 7:00 a.m., 
working for Deb Casada in Red Wash and Rapgely, 
Colorado. He worked in Rangely for Staley Coal mines for 
$8.00 per day with room and board. Golden Winn worked 
with him all one winter. 

We bought our first car, a 1930 Model A Ford with a 
rumble seat, for $75.00. We have a nice trailer and enjoy 
fishing and camping, and family reunions. If we are not at 
home, we have gone fishing. 

REVA JENKINS WORKMAN 

Reva Jenkins Workman, daughter of David Franklin 
and Nancy Mable Harrison Jenkins on February 7, 1924 in 
Lapoint, Uintah, Utah. My grandparents are Peter and 
Margaret Murray Harrison. 

I attended grade school in Lapoint, Utah. High 
School at Alterra High in Alterra, Utah. 

I married Eugene Workman in Preston, Idaho, 
January 17, 1942. We were later married in the Salt Lake 
Temple June 9, 1959. 

We lived on the farm from 1942 until 1964, when 
moved to Roosevelt, Utah. 

We had five children, lost our first two children at 
birth, Reva Jean was bom February 26, 1944, died 
February 26, 1944; Alvo J. born April 28, 1946, died April 
29, 1946. My living children are Nancy Jane, bom October 
29, 1947, Janet born July 26, 1950, and Lynn, born August 
19, 1958. 

We have three grandchildren, two girls and one boy, 
Kammra Jean and Areva Dawn Nunley and Troy 
Kohutek. 

Lynn served a two year Latter-day Saint Mission in 
the Pennsylvania, Pettsburg Mission returning home on 



Eugene and Reva Workman, Nancy, Lynn, Janet 


March 10, 1980. 

I worked at the Stewarts Nursing Home in Roosevelt 
for 8 years with the old people and loved every one of 
them. 

While working at the Nursing home, my Mother had a 
stroke and was left paralysed on the right side and 
speechless. We put her in the Nursing home and I took 
care of her for two and a half years. I loved every minute 
of it, she was a wonderful person to take care of. She 
never showed any complaints while she was there, even up 
to the day she died August 8, 1967. 

I love the outdoors. My hobbies are camping, fishing 
and playing ball. I enjoy horses and etc. 

At the present time I am a custodian for a LDS chapel 
in Roosevelt. 

NANCY JANE (WORKMAN) KOHUTEK 

Nancy Jane (Workman) Kohutek, October 29 1947, 
Roosevelt, Duchesne County, Utah, to Eugene and Reva 
(jlenkins) Workman. Married Roy “Richard” Kohutek - 
May 20, 1972 in Roosevelt, Utah. Now live in Granger, 
Utah. 

Children, Troy Travis Kohutek - bom June 9, 1977 in 
Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Attended elementary schools in LaPoint, Avalon, 
Alterra and Junior High in Roosevelt. Attended and 
graduated from Union High School in Roosevelt in 1965. 
so a four year seminary graduate. 

Attended College of Eastern Utah in Price, Utah for 
two years, graduating with an Bachelor of Science degree 
in 1967. Then attended and graduated from Utah State 
University in Logan, Utah in June of 1972, with a 


184 



Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. 

Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints. 

I was secretary for Young Ladies M. I. A., Primary 
teacher, Dance Director and Den Leader for Cub Scouts. 

I love to sew and do any type of crafts or handicrafts. 
Enjoy all types of sports, especially playing softball. I 
played softball for many years. I managed and coached a 
ladies softball team and we took second place in the 
tournament. Enjoy camping and fishing. Enjoy traveling 
and seeing new places. 

I worked during the summer of my junior and senior 
years of high school for Evans & Ida Phillips at the Phillips 
Motel. After entering college, I then worked some week¬ 
ends and every summer for them, earning money to help 
pay my college expenses. In September of 1970, I then 
worked for the Uintah Basin Area Vocational Center as a 
secretary. I worked there until September of 1971, when I 
quit and went to work for First Security Bank as a 
secretary. I worked for First Security until May of 1972 at 
which time I became married and moved to Salt Lake 
City. I then went to work for Brooklawn Creamery in July 
of 1972. In 1973 they sold to Hi-Land Dairy and I tran¬ 
sferred to that company. In 1974 they merged with Cream 
O' Weber and formed a company called Western General 
Dairies of which I am still employed as an executive 
secretary. 



Richard and Nancy Kahutek, Roy Travis. 



JANET WORKMAN NUNLEY 

Daughter of Eugene and Reva Jenkins Workman, 
born July 26, 1950 in Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah. Married 
Larry Reynolds, later divorced. Married Farnest Cakvin 
Nunley, August 18, 1974, Roosevelt, Utah. He was born on 
Nov. 26, 1944 in Valent Oklahoma. Daughters are 
Kammra Jean Nunley, born Nov. 10, 1968, Roosevelt, and 
Areva Dawn Nunley, born June 13, 1974 in Roosevelt. 



Kirk L., Donna and Jack Jenkins, Paula, Julie Ann, Janice. 


JACK EDWIN JENKINS FAMILY 

Jack is the son of Mable Harrison and Frank Jenkins 
and grandson to Margaret Murray Harrison. He attended 
the Lapoint Elementary School for grades 1 to 8 and 
graduated from Alterra High School in 1944. After his 
graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon release 
from the service, he pursued a college degree from the 
Brigham Young University and graduated in 1950 with the 
Bachelor of Arts degree in education. He later earned an 


185 
















M.A. degree from the BYU in teaching Spanish to 
children. After his move to California, an M.A. degree was 
awarded to him from the San Francisco State University in 
Elementary Administration and Supervision in 
Elementary Schools. 

Jack married Donna Leavitt in the Manti Temple. 
They have four children, one son and three daughters: 
Kirk Lyman, who filled an LDS mission in the Madrid 
Spain Mission; Paula, BYU student majoring in Physical 
Education; Julie Ann, BYU student majoring in Computer 
Science; and Janice, student at Sammamish High School. 

He taught school in the Central Elementary School, 
Vernal, for one year; then fulfilled a 2‘/j year mission for 
the LDS Church in the Argentine Mission. He returned 
from his mission and taught the homebound students for 
the Uintah School district, and taught one year in Lapoint. 
A position was offered to him to teach for the Provo City 
Schools as a Special Service instructor, and part-time for 
the BYU teaching Spanish to elementary children. He and 
his wife moved to Concord, California where he taught in 
junior high and high schools and as an administrative 
assistant of an elementary school. After 12 years of 
teaching in California, they moved to Bellevue, 
Washington where he presently is teaching. Jack has been 
the recipient of two government grants to study Methods 
of Teaching Spanish, and Teaching History to Un¬ 
derprivileged Children. His last grant was to represent his 
district in Bellevue in piloting an Environmental Urban- 
Suburban program in an intercultural exchange with 
minority students, of which he received many write-ups 
and praise. 

Jack has held many church positions through 
the years, but the most satisfying activity to him is doing 
genealogy work and writing life stories. He has taught 
many classes in various wards instructing members how to 
write life stories. Of course, his biggest joy in life is seeing 
his children grow and develop in the gospel and take the 
same interest as he has in his ancestors. 


Harrison Jenkins. He was the third son out of five, and the 
eighth child of ten. 

While growing up in Lapoint, he loved to do many 
things. Riding horses might be considered number one. He 
really loved them. He had many friends and enjoyed 
working along side of his father and mother. 

He attended grade school in Lapoint and then to 
Alterra High in Alterra, Utah, ninth to eleventh grade. 

Frank was very active in sports, baseball, basketball, 
and a few awards in football. But his big chance came 
when he was seventeen years old. A cousin Cecil (Doc) 
Jenkins, then a coach in Roosevelt High, Roosevelt, Utah, 
took Frank to Ogden, Utah to a boxing tournament. There^ 
Frank really showed his talent as he came out in first place 
and took the Golden Glove Championship in his division. 
He also took the title in the Interstate Boxing Event. Boy, 
how proud everyone was. 

He married Wilma Dorothy Gilstrap on the 26th of 
July 1948. Frank worked as a ranch hand in his early years 
of marriage. He was an outstanding cowboy. He had a gun 
accident and lost his left arm, but this did not slow him up 
or get him down. He was Marshal of Durango, Colorado, 
when his first child was born, Ilene Gayle, bom the 7th of 
March 1952. The family moved to Oak Creek, Routt 
County, where Frank worked on a ranch. There on the 
15th of July 1955, Allen Ray was born. On the 27th of 
January 1964, at Steamboat Springs, Routt, Colorado, 
Wesley James was bom. 

Later on he and his wife divorced. 

He now lives in Craig, Colorado, and is a heavy 
equipment operator for a large plant there. 

He loves camping, fishing, hunting, and just being out 
of doors. He loves most of all his family - daughter, sons, 
brothers, and sisters. Ilene gave him two grandchildren - 
James Drve, Jr., bom 18th October 1972, Michole Wehunt 
born 10 June 1978. Allen Ray Jenkins first marriage didn't 
jwork out. He married Ellen Williamson, Caldwell, April 8, 
1980, she has a son Dusty. 

He is a very special number one guy. 

Written by a sister, Frances Lou Price. 


Wilma, Ilene, Wesley, Allen and Frank Jenkins. 


Rex Thomas Jenkins 


FRANK WESLEY JENKINS 


REX THOMAS JENKINS 


Frank Wesley Jenkins was born May 29, 1929, in 
Lapoint, Utah to David Franklin and Nancy Mable 


Rex Thomas Jenkins is the son of David Franklin and 
Nancy Mable Harrison Jenkins. He was born on 9 May 


1932 in Lapoint, Utah. He is the youngest son of five, and 
ninth child of ten. 

He went to grade school in Lapoint, Utah. When in 
the seventh and eighth grade he won the high vaulting 
contest and held the title. He was very active in sports, and 
loved it. He attended Alterra High, (was on Indian Bench, 
a high school of the Uintah District on the west side of the 
county.) The love for sports continued along with some 
boxing. He graduated with the class of 1949-1950. Out of 
ten children, he was the third child to graduate in Frank 
and Mables family. 

He loved horses and motorcycling. He joined the U.S. 
Marine Corp. in January of 1952. He spent three years in 
the service and had electronic Training. He returned in 
spring of 1953. Went to work in the oil field in Colorado 
and Nebraska, later Utah and Wyoming. He worked his 
self up to the position of a driller and later had the chance 
to break in or train a couple of his nephews in the oil field 
work. 

He married Carolyn Woxnick 15 January 1957 of Mt. 
Pleasant, Utah. They had seven children, three boys and 
four girls. They are Randy, Richy, RaNae, Kathy, Lesa, 
Reed and Ginger. Carolyn passed away in 1973. He has 
four grandchildren at this writing. 

Rex now lives in Rawlins, Wyoming. He is semi- 
retired and enjoys camping out and fishing. 

Written by Lou Price. 

FRANCES LOU PRICE 

I, Frances Lou Price, was born last, but not least, of 
the children born to Franklin and Nancy Mable Harrison 
Jenkins. I was youngest of ten children, five boys and five 
girls. My oldest sister Maude was killed when eight years 
old so I never had the joy of knowing her upon this earth. 

Being the youngest I never really had a chance to be 
any thing but a tom boy, especially with three brothers 
just ahead of me. The next oldest sister was Reva and she 
was eleven years older than me. 

I loved to fish with my Dad up in the high mountains. 
I really love horses. I would have taken mine to bed with 
me but Mom wouldn’t let me. I helped hay and if I could I 
would try to drive my oldest brothers team (David.’s). 

I went to school in Lapoint for the first to eighth 
grades. My aunt Frances Horrocks was my teacher in two 
different grades. I really love her especially since I was 
named after her. 

When in the ninth grade I attended Alterra High 
School at Alterra, Utah. I was very active in sports, the 
pitcher on the softball team and was a high scorer on the 
basketball team. 

I married Junior Ritchie Stubbs December 15, 1951. 
We had seven children, four sons and three daughters. We 
are known as the "B” family. Why? Because we have 
Brent, Brion, Brenda, Beverly, Bart, Brigitte and Britt, as 
of this writing there are eight grandchildren, five grand¬ 
sons and four granddaughters. 

I divorced Junior in 1972. I had to go to work to 
support my children and I have worked as a waitress, 
hostess and nurse’s aid. 


I have been active in the City soft ball, Volleyball 
during these years and have coached volleyball, I have 
coached five teams at one time. 

I married Ronald Lee Price in 1974. We own a new 
home on Roosevelt Circle in Roosevelt, Utah. At this 
writing we still have Bart, Brigitte and Britt at home. 

I now manage the Maverik Country Store in 
Roosevelt and I love it, thanks to my Dad and Mom for 
giving me a chance to belong to this great Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray family. 

I am very proud to be a part of it. 



Jeneal. Elizabeth. Clinton, Jerry, Ann. Dale, Murray. Peter. 
Bud. John Carlin, Ramona Harrison. 



Ferris J. Harrison Peter Harrison 


JEREMIAH HARRISON 

Jeremiah Hatch Murray Harrision, born in Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah, Oct. 23, 1894 to Peter and Margaret 
Murray Harrison. At six weeks old his parents moved to 
Deep Creek on the Thoroughbred Ranch. He learned to 
work early in life, with his brothers and sisters in a one 
room school house. When he was older the ranch was sold 
and they moved to Vernal and a high school. Jerry left on 
Jan. 12, 1917 to fill a mission to the North Western States 
Mission, and spent most of his time in British Columbia. 
He was a great Missionary. 

Two years later he arrived home to Lapoint in the 

187 





fourteen children, I lived close to both grandmothers, 
walking north on an errand or to visit grandma Nyberg or 
south to practice on grandmother Harrison’s piano. 

I attended grade school in Lapoint, high school at 
Alterra, Jr. College at Carbon Jr. College at Price Utah 
and graduated from Brigham Young University. 

The most exciting thing that happened when I was 
growing up was the day the electricity came to our town 
on Feb. 14, 1940. What a celebration we had that night. 

I taught school in the following places; Cantua Creek, 
Calif., Kenilworth, Utah, Roosevelt Utah, Provo and 
Kearns, Utah. The challenge was Cantue in the cotton 
fields, twenty five to sixty five students and the people did 
live as the book, Grapes of Wrath, described them. What 
an education this was for me since I had never been out 
side of little Utah towns before. 

I met my husband in Provo while teaching school, we 
were married in the Salt Lake Temple Dec. 28, 1955. A 
cousin Howard Murray and his wife Jeanne were sealed 
for time and all eternity that day, making the day even 
more special. We have five children; Monaquita Lynn, 
born in Provo, Utah. Karan Racael, Jeri Dawn, and 
Kenneth Ramon all born in Salt Lake City. Kenneth 
Ramon born with congenital heart condition only lived 
five days. Michelle Leanne was born in Seattle Wash. We 
have two grandchildren. 

My father baptized me on the fourth of July leaving 
the celebration and it’s activities we went to the canal west 
of town and he baptized me. I have been active in the 
Church organizations, President twice of Young Womans 
and Primary organizations. President of Relief Society and 
I filled a mission to Mexico, 1951 to 1953, I was promised 
that if I studied the Book of Mormon I would be able to 
sing and speak Spanish fluently, and the promise was 
fulfilled. I did communicate well with the Mexican people. 
I have a testimony of the Gospel and find it exciting to be 
involved in the work of the Lord. 

Children of Kenneth Odell Hansen and Ramona 
Harrison: 

1. Monaquita Lynn Hansen, Md Stephen Loyd Love 
December 15, 1976 in Provo, Utah County Utah. Their 
children are Quitalynn Love, born Sept. 18, 1978 and 
Mark Love, bom July 3, 1980. 

2. Karen Racael Hansen and Stephen D. Hillyard. 
Married October 7, 1977 in Boise, Ada, Idaho. Their 
children are Loriann, bom Jan. 9, 1978 at Seattle King 
Washington. 


JEREMIAH MURRAY HARRISON 

Jeremiah Murray Harrison Born: 20 May 
1933 Lapoint Uintah, Utah Baptized: 31 Mav 1941 En¬ 
dowed: 9 Oct. 1961. Sealed: 9 Oct. 1961. Married: 7 Oct. 
1953, Lapoint, Uintah, Utah. Father; Jeremiah Harrison. 
Mother: Elizabeth Nyberg. 

Wife: Betty Ollen Timothy Born: 29 May 1935 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah Baptized: 1 Aug. 1943 En¬ 
dowed: 9 Oct. 1961 Sealed: 9 Oct. 1961 Father: Earl 
Madison Timothy Mother: Theora Ollen Weeks. 


Children 

1. Kim Murray Harrison Born: 18 Jan. 1955 Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah Baptized: 1 Aug. 1963 Endowed: 27 
Oct. 1975 Sealed to parents: 9 Oct. 1961. 

2. Jerry Timothy Harrison (twin) bom: 24 Aug. 1957 
in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized: 4 Sept. 1965. 
Sealed to Parents: 9 Oct. 1961. 

3. Kerry Earl Harrison (twin) Born 24 Aug. 1857 Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized: 4 Sept. 1865. Sealed 
to Parents: 9 Oct. 1961. 

4. Kevin J . Harrison Bom: 3 Jan. 1959 Page, 
Cocorino, Arizona Sealed: 9 Oct. 1961 

All of the sons have served missions for the Church. 

EVAN DALE HARRISON 

Evan Dale Harrison Born: 17 Aug. 1935 Lapoint 
Uintah, Utah Baptized: 4 Sept. 1943 Endowed: 2 Feb. 1956 
Sealed: 2 June 1961 SL Married: 2 June 1961 Salt Lake 
City. Father: Jeremiah Harrison Mother: Elizabeth 
Nyberg 

Wife: Anna Marie Coleman Born : 27 Oct. 1940 
Teasdale Wayne, Utah. Baptized: 3 July 1949 Endowed: 2 
June 1961 Father: George Burdett Coleman Mother: Fern 
Jackson 

Children 

1. Evan Dale Harrison Born: 10 Sept. 1962 Provo, 
Utah, Utah Baptized: 31 Oct. 1970 BIC. 

2. Steven Nyberg Harrison. Bom: 4 March 1964 
Safford, Graham, Ari zona Baptized: 4 March 1972 BIC 

3. Kristina Harrison. Born 22 Jan. 1966 Ogden, 
Weber, Utah. Baptized: 20 Feb. 1974 BIC. 

4. Micaela Harson Bom: 25 Sept. 1972 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah Died: 20 Oct. 1972 BIC 

Dale served a mission to Mexico 1956-58, graduated 
from college and has taught school at Whitrocks and West 
Jr. High. His wife Anna Marie teaches at Todd 
Elementary. Their son, Evan, and daughter, Christina, 
raised Herford beef in 4-H and sold them at the junior 
livestock show. 

JANEAL HARRISON HOLLADAY 

I was bom July 13, 1940 in Roosevelt, Utah to 
Jeremiah Murray and Elizabeth Nyberg Harrison. I at¬ 
tended elementary school in Lapoint, Utah and graduated 
from Union High School in Roosevelt in 1958. 

In the fall of 19581 went to Snow College in Ephraim, 
Utah. I only went for a year and a half. Then I left college 
and went to Kearns, Utah to help my sister, Roma. She 
had been in a car wreck with my mother and had broken 
both her legs. I cared for her two little girls, Monquita and 
Karen. 

While there in Keams, I met my husband; Gerald 
Ronald Holladay; the son of Afton Hailing and Gerald 
Thomas Holladay. We were married two years later on 
February 14, 1962. Our marriage was later solemnized in 
the Los Angeles Temple. 

Ron joined the Air Force and we traveled a great 


190 




Gerald T. and Jeaneal Holladay 



Kimberly, Kristy, Kara Holladay 


deal. We went to Antonia Texas and then to Riverside, 
California. Our first child, Kara, was bom in Riverside on 
November 10, 1962. 

Then we moved to Tempe, Arizona where Ron at¬ 
tended Ari zona State University for two years and then an 
Officers Training Course. Then he was commissioned into 
the Air Force. While at Tempe we welcomed our second 
daughter, Kimberly Ann on July 25, 1964. 

Then on to Wichita Falls, Texas where we lived at the 
Sheppard Air Force Base. Here our third daughter, Kristy 
Lynn was bom May 31, 1968. 

Kristy was six weeks old when we left for Germany. 
There we made many friends. Then we traveled to 
England, France, Holland, Switerzerland, Italy, Greece, 
Turkey, Austria, and Denmark. My mother came to visit 
us and we took her to Sweden to the place of her grand¬ 
father’s birth. Another highlight, was the church retreat at 
Berchesgaden, Germany where we met several of the 


church authorities; Thomas Monson, Harold B. Lee, and 
Hartman Rector Jr. 

I developed a heart problem and upon returning to 
the states I had open heart surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah 
and have had no more problems since my surgery. 

Then we went three years in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
We made friends whereever we went and were active in 
church most every place we lived. 

After thirteen years, we were finally living in Utah 
and how we did enjoy it. Ron was assigned at Thiokel 
Corporation. Our children were able to get to know the 
relatives of their fathers' family that lived in Brigham City, 
Utph and were able to spend more time with their 
grandparents. 

So, it was hard for all to leave family and friends when 
we moved to Enon, Ohio in 1979 where we are now living. 

CLINTON CREE HARRISON 

Clinton Cree Harrison Bom: 10 Oct. 1943 Lapoint 
Uintah, Utah Married: 5 Jan. 1968 Baptized: 10 Nov. 1951 
Endowed: 16 Nov. 1962 Sealed: 5 Jan. 1968 

Father: Jeremiah Murray Harrison. Mother: 
Elizabeth Nyberg. Wife: Sherry Lee Beardall, born 15 
Nov. 1946. Baptized 30 Jan. 1955. Endowed 5 Jan. 1968. 
Sealed 5 Jan. 1968. 

Children 

1. Cory Christen Harrison Bom 7 Dec. 1969 Chantan 
Chantan (Okinawa) Ryukyi Islands BIC 

2. Cassandra Lynn Harrison Born :9 Dec. 1971 
Chantan (Okinawa) Ryuki Islands BIC. 

3. Shevin Cree Harrison Born: 28 Feb. 1975 Roosevelt 
Duchesne, Utah TIC. 

4. Trista Harrison Born: 20 Jan. 1980 Roosevelt 
Duchesne, Utah BIC. 

Clinton served a two-year mission to Germany, Nov. 
1962-64. Graduated from college and works in social 
services. 


ELIZABETH ANN HARRISON 

Barry K. Birchell born: 12 Oct. 1947 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah Baptized: 26 Nov. 1955 Endowed:27 June 
1974 Sealed: 27 June 1974 Married: 18 April 1967 Elko, 
Elko, Nevada Father: Garnett Birchell Mother; Elda 
Goodrich. 

Wife: Elizabeth Ann Harrison Bom: 9 Jan. 1948 
Baptized: 4 Feb. 1956 Endowed: 27 June 1974 Sealed: 27 
June 1974 Father: Jeremiah Harrison. Mother: Elizabeth 
Nyperg. 

Children 

1. Garn J. Birchell Born: 20 Oct. 1967 Ft. Knox, 
Harden Kentucky Baptized : 1 Nov. 1975 Sealed to 
parents: 27 June 1974 

2. Darrin Birchell 18 June 1969 Roosevelt, Duchesne, 
Utah Baptized: 2 July 1977 Sealed to parents: 27 June 
1974. 

3. Angela Birchell Born: 13 July 1970 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah Baptized: 5 Aug. 1978 Sealed to Parents: 
27 June 1974. 


191 






4. John Barry Birchell Born: 12 Aug. 1973 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah Sealed: 27 June 1974. 

5. Joshua Ben Birchell Born 23 Sept. 1977 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah BIC 

6. Jenny Ann Birchell Bom 29 Sept. 1978 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah BIC . 

7. Jacob Lee Birchell Born: 26 Jan. 1980 Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah BIC. 

Faithful church workers. Elizabeth Ann has served as 
Relief Society President. 



Zina and Charles Daniel Anderson 


ELZINA HARRISON ANDERSON 

On June 17, 1896 in Vernal, Utah twin daughters were 
born to Margaret Murray and Peter Harrison at the home 
of Jeremiah Hatch Murray. We were named Elzina and 
Lavina. Lavina passed away two months later. 

I attended grade school in a one room school house, 
with one teacher from grades one thru eight. Growing up 
on a farm was a busy and happy life. We kids did a lot of 
exploring in the near by hills looking for pine gum and 
gathering wild flowers. Another pastime was observing the 
real ancestors of this country, the Indians on their 
pilgrimage to Wyoming. It was a colorful sight, with the 
shawls and beads they were wearing the the beautiful 
horses they rode. Our family moved to the Glines Ward in 
Vernal in the year of 1910 when I was 14 years old. I 
completed my high school education in Vernal at the 
Uintah Stake Academy. 

The summer of 1916 was most memorable. While I 
was visiting my cousin and her husband, Clara and John 
Hislop at Ft. Duchesne, I met Charles Daniel Anderson, 
who later was to become my husband. 

I secured employment at Ft. Duchesne and I had not 
had any word from home for some time. One night I had a 
dream or premonition. I saw my mother very ill. This 
feeling of something wrong bothered me all morning, so I 
mentioned this to Mrs. Bonen, my employer. That same 
afternoon my brother Russell came after me and told me 
that mother was very ill and I was to go home. However, 


she recovered from the illness. 

July 4, 1917 was a double celebration as Dan and I 
were married in Salt Lake City, Utah at my cousin Maude 
Perry’s home by Bishop Warren Colton who had grown-up 
with my mother. This marriage was later solemnized in the 
Salt Lake LDS Temple. 

After our marriage Dan went to work for the United 
Grocery as a stock clerk and I worked as a cashier at 
Auerbach’s. Later, Dan volunteered in the U.S. Armed 
Service and was placed in the Signal Corps as a Bugler. He 
served overseas in France for ten months. During the 
last days of the war, he was stricken with influenza and 
further complications necessiated remaining in France 
until June of the following year. This was after the ar¬ 
mistice was signed in November, 1918. He returned home 
to the United States on a hospital ship, a very thin and frail 
person. 

After a brief stay in Vernal we settled in Salt Lake 
City and Dan went back to work for United Grocery and I 
went to work at The Paris Company as a cashier in the 
infant and juvenile department. 

March 1920 we moved back to Lapoint and on July 
24th of that year we had another double celebration, we 
were blessed with our first daughter, Margaret in our little 
one room house. In 1922 we moved back to Salt Lake and 
Dan went back to his former employer. We remained 
another two years and then we again pulled up stakes and 
returned to Lapoint. This was 1924. Shortly before 
Thanksgiving Day of that year, November 23rd, we had 
our 2nd blessed event, another daughter was bom which 
We named Mary Beth. Dad always called her Betty and she 
is known to this date by that name. Betty was bom in my 
mother’s home. 

Dan and my father purchased the Lapoint Drug 
Store, the real estate building and several lots. Dan and I 
ran the drug store which was well stocked light lunch 
items, confections, soft drinks, tabacco, patented 
medicines and I made the ice cream. The drug store was a 
drawing attraction for the towns people as well as people 
living out in the area as they would all meet, especially on 
Cream Day. We were doing real well at the drug store 
until the untimely death of my father on Feburary 16, 
1929. 

In 1930, Dan received an appointment under civil 
service to the U.S. Postal Department in Salt Lake City. 
We sold the drug store and moved to Salt Lake City. 

Our life was uneventful until October 1931. I again 
had a premonition. I saw an explosion and fire in my 
brother Jerry’s house at Lapoint. I prepared for the trip 
home the next day as I knew we would be receiving "bad 
nepvs”. That afternoon we received a telegram that 
Elizabeth, Jerry’s wife, had been severely burned and her 
little girl Barbara had died from the bums sustained in the 
firp. She was first treated and hospitalized at the LDS 
Hospital in Salt Lake. When Elizabeth was able to leave 
the hospital, Jerry had her moved to my home where I 
nursed her with tender loving care for period of about four 
months until she was well enough to return to her home in 
March of the following year. 

Following this sorrow, life returned to normal. 


192 





However, this was short lived. In 1933, Dan became ill 
with perforated stomach ulcer for which he underwent 
surgery. He suffered the remainder of his life with this 
stomach disorder. Finally in 1939, due to health reasons, 
he transferred from the Salt Lake City Post Office as a 
postal clerk, to the Vernal Post Office as a Rural Mail 
Carrier. He held this position until his death. Dan died of 
Thrombosis on December 20, 1958. I chose to remain to 
live in Vernal, even though my two daughters were living 
out of State. 

The marriage union of Margaret Murray Harrison 
and Peter Harrison brought forth 12 children, four boys 
and eight girls. I am the sole survivor of this family. 

I was baptized August 7, 1904 in the Mill (Maeser) 
Ward by William Rudge and John W. Galloway confirmed 
me. I am a member of Vernal 3rd Ward and a member of 
Vernal 2nd and 3rd Wards for forty-one years. I was a 
Relief Society Teacher for thirty years. At the time of this 
writing, June 17, 1980, I am 84 years old; I manage my 
home; do my own baking and canning and tend to my 
garden. My daughter Betty lives with me. I have four 
grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 



Antonia P. and Margaret Minardi 


MARGARET ANDERSON 

Three score years ago on July 24, 1920,1 was born at 
Lapoint, Utah a early a hot summer morning. My parents 
being Charles Daniel and Ziona Harrison Anderson. 

My child hood in Lapoint are my fondest memories, 
spent on the farm at Grand Parents The days we lived at 
the Drug Store which my parents operated. The simple 
Hfe, ridding "Old Nigger” attending elementary school 
with my Aunts Pearl and Frances, and Uncle Russell. 
Attending the Annual UBIC, with my two cousins, Merl 
Horrocks and Enid Hatch. 

Growing up and a teen ager in Salt Lake City was fun, 
working as a “tray hop” at the A&W Root Beer stand. 


After graduation from South High I entered LDS Business 
College. 

Cocoanut Grove was a popular dancing spot, that is 
where I met my husband and after a whirlwind romance of 
6 months we were married. 

My husband Antonio P. Minardi had struggled 
through the early years, not having much of a job, during 
the time our two daughters were born. 

Tony secured employment with the Union Pacific 
Railroad Company starting out as a section hand and 
gradually working his way up to official in the General 
Claims Dept, after returning from brief service with the 
US Marine Corps at the wars end. 

His work took him to LaGrande, Oregon for two 
years, then to Cheyenne, Wyoming for 15 years, Here we 
had two new homes, had our own airplane which Tony 
piloted. Trips into Canada fishing and hunting. 

Our two daughters were bom in Salt Lake City. 
Jeannine July 12, 1938, Marilyn December 28, 1941 they 
are married and we have nine grandchildren. 

Our first trip was to Italy to look up relatives of my 
husband. Our travels have taken us to such exotic places 
as Taj Mahal in India. The Pyramids in Egypt, to the Holy 
Lands several times to see our daughter, Russia, Siberia, 
African Continent, and South America. We have seen the 
wonderful and beautiful places but there is no place like 
the U.S. and home in Utah. 

I feel fortunate and proud to be a descendant of the 
Murray Family Tree. I want to pay tribute to my won¬ 
derful mother and father for their guidance and teachings. 
The good times I have shared with them. 

We live in Salt Lake City at the Trevi Towers Con¬ 
dominium Apartments, Tony has worked for the Union 
Pacific for 38 years. While our plans are not definate, we 
may return to finish our years in the land of my ancestors, 
in the Uintah Basin. 



James McHone, Kimberly, Colleen, Carrie, Jeannine 


JEANNINE MINARDI 

Jeannine Minardi born July 12, 1939 at Salt Lake City, 
Utah a daughter of Antonio (Tony) Paulo Mindardi and 
Margaret Anderson. 

She started her schooling in Salt Lake City public 

193 





schools. When she was 8 the family moved to LaGrande, 
Oregon. They lived here two years, moving to Cheyenne, 
Wyoming. She went to Cheyenne High School, graduating 
in May 1957. She was active in Concert Choir and Drama. 

Married James Carleton McHone May 27 1957 at 
Greeley, Weld, Colorado. 

Jim enlisted in the Navy after graduation they made 
their home in Long Beach, California. While living here 
their first daughter was bom. Her name is Carrie Frances, 
born September 4, 1960. 

When Jim completed his Navy time, they moved to 
Provo, Utah, where he went to Brigham Young 
University. 

While they lived in Provo they went to Manti Temple 
and were married for time and eternity, Carrie Frances 
was sealed to them. 

Two girls were bom in Provo, Colleen October 27, 
1964, then Kimberly November 27, 1965. 

Jim graduated as a Electrical Engineer. The Family 
moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he got work at 
Motorola. 

Their son Jeffery Allen was born June 13, 1967 in 
Mesa, Arizona. 

When the children got into school Jeannine went to 
Scottsdale Community College graduating in nursing 1976. 

Besides being a house wife and mother of four 
children and one dog, she is working in the operating 
room as special surgical nurse, this nurse performs by a 
surgeon, a dependable nurse. 

Her church service, Primary teacher. Primary 
secretary, Primary second Counselor, worked in Relief 
Society and Nursery leader. 

Her talents and hobbies are reading, creative writing, 
cooking, singing, currently taking piano lessons which she 
loves. 

Carrie Frances was married March 28 1980 to Lance 
David, at the McHone home in Tempe, Arizona. 

MARILYN MINARDI 

Marilyn Minardi second girl bom December 29, 1941 
in Salt Lake City, Utah to Tony and Margaret Anderson 
Minardi. When Marilyn was only 6 the family moved to La 
Grande, Oregon. They lived there two years, moving to 
Cheyenne, where she attended Elementary and High 
School. 

After graduation from High School, she continued 
with her education and graduated as a Registered Nurse 
from the Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake. It was here she 
met her husband Daniel Dennis Rona who is of Jewish 
descent and a Converted Latter-day Saint. He had served a 
LDS Mission to Germany. 

They were married in the Salt Lake Temple April 30 
1964. Lived in Salt Lake City for a while. Two children 
were born there, David Anthony January 1965 and Susan 
April 14, 1966. 

The family moved to St. Louis Mo., where Danny 
found work. Another son was born here, Steven May 2, 
1971. 

It was while living here Danny had a desire to help 



Joshua, David, Susan, Daniel Rona, Marilyn, Steven, Deborah. 


build up the LDS Church in his native land. In 1973 they 
sold their home gathered up their children and belongings, 
went to his home land of Israel. 

They are presently living in Jerusalem, where he is the 
Branch President which boasts of over 150 members. 

Sabbath day in Jerusalem, where regular LDS Ser¬ 
vices are held is on Saturday by permission of the First 
Presidency. More than often the crowd is both Arab and 
Jew along with many BYU travel study groups and tours of 
Israel. 

The whole family is serving there. Marilyn teaches. 
David is in the Aaronic Priesthood and one of the five Boy 
Scouts there. He is a tour guide now. 

Marilyn has found her talents as a Nurse have come in 
handy when bartering with other sisters for music lessons. 

They have added two more children while living in 
Jerusalem, Joshua and Debrah making five children. 

CHARLES DENNIS KEMPTION , 

I, Charles Dennis Kemion, son of Mary Beth (Betty) 
and Orval June Kempton, was born January 7, 1943 in 
Vernal, Utah. As a war baby, my early life was Mother and 
I living with my grandparents, Zina and Charles D. An¬ 
derson. 

I was a happy little boy; given much love and at¬ 
tention by my grandparents. This should have made me 
unbearably spoiled, however, as they were very wise 
people, I was taught the value of respect for my elders and 
the high standard set before me by both my mother and 
grandparents. 

My earliest memory was during the summer of Utah’s 
Centennial Year, July 24, 1947,1 was chosen to ride in the 


194 




Rene', Holly Joy, Cory, Alisa, Randall, Kristie, Charles Dennis 
Kempton. 


Primary Parade as “Brigham Young”. My mother and 
grandmother rented a "Brigham Young” costume for this 
occasion. I was a very proud four year old. 

After the war my parents moved to Salt Lake City 
where I started school. I would return every summer to 
Vernal to spend the summer vacations with my grand¬ 
parents. Grandpa and I would take fishing trips and I 
would play summer soft-ball. I made many friends in 
Vernal and we are still very good friends. I would attend 
the Murray Reunions with Grandpa and Grandma An¬ 
derson and Grandma would have me entertain the 
relatives on my accordian. 

When I was 10 years old we moved to El Monte, 
California. My sister Melanie Kae was born in Pomona, 
Calif, in 1954. I graduated from El Monte High School. In 
high school I was active in Student Government and in my 
senior year was elected Student Body President. At 
graduation, I gave the commencement fairwell. 

My life-long ambition was to attend Brigham Young 
University in Provo, Utah. This ambition was achieved 
and there I met my wife, Rene’ Sybil Plehn. Rene’ was 
from North El Monte, Calif. However, we didn’t meet until 
we were both at BYU. 

We were married in the Los Angeles LDS Temple, 
September 4, 1964 while starting our Junior Year at 
School. We graduated together in 1966. I received a BS 
Degree in Business Management and Rene’s as an English 
CumLaude. 

My first position in the business world was with 
Lincoln Pharmaceutical where I settled in Phoenix, 
Arizona. There our first son, Randall Scott was born. I felt 
selling medical supplies to doctors was not challenging 
enough, so I went to work for IBM as a sales represen¬ 
tative. I was with IBM for three years in Albuquerque, 
New Mexico. It was there that our first daughter, Kristie 
Rene’ was bom and two years later our 2nd daughter Alisa 
Beth was bom. 

In 1970, Wang Laboratories offered me a position as 
Sales Representative, covering the areas of Phoenix, 
Arizona and Albuquerque, N.M. Wang’s activities center 
around the sale of Wang's complete product line of small 


compueters and word processing systems. So back to 
Phoenix we moved. In 1972 I earned a promotion with 
Wang as District Manager of the St. Louis, Missouri 
District office. Our second son Cory Andrew was bom in 
St. Louis and two years later our third daughter Holly Joy 
was bom. 

In 1975 the promotion came from Wang as Western 
Area Director of Sales with offices in the Los Angeles area 
and we settled our family in Palos Verdes, Calif. In 1977 I 
was appointed Vice President of Wang Laboratories, Inc. 

My wife and help-mate, Rene', is a patient, devoted 
wife and mother. Her life with five children is filled with 
primary, music lessons, dance lessons, gymnastics and 
soccor; dentists and pediatricians, etc. 

She has been Primary President and active in other 
Primary responsibilities. My calling to the Church is 
President of Sunday School and Elders Quorum President. 

Randy, the eldest, is in the Palos Verdes Jazz Band 
playing piano. He also plays the drums. Kristie and Lisi 
play the piano. Cory Andrew is our author and organizer. 
Holly loves mama and dolls. My job takes me away from 
home the biggest part of the time, so Rene’ carries on the 
parent duties without complaint. I have been blessed with 
a wonderful family. 

I owe a great deal to wonderful Grandmother An¬ 
derson. Her wisdom and guidance, her unselfish love and 
help in getting me my formal ecucation. For all this, I wish 
to pay tribute to her. I know that without her help, my life 
history could have read much different. 



Melamie, Tena, Ami, and Jim Inderrieden. 


MELANIE KAE KEMPTION INDERRIEDEN 

Melanie Kae Kempton Inderrieden, daughter of 
Mary Beth (Betty) and Orval June Kempton was born June 


195 







21, 1954 in Pomona, California. 

My early childhood life was of living in California. 
When I was five years old they had tryouts at El Monte 
High School for Varisty Cheerleaders Mascot. There were 
about 25 young boys and girls trying out for this position. I 
was lucky enough to be chosen. At the first big football 
game I was dressed in my plaid skirt and white sweater 
with a big E M on it. We ran out on the field to give our big 
cheer; I took one look at the crowd and became very shy. 
I turned by back on the crowd and I think the 
cheerleaders wondered if they had made the right choice. 
However, the next game I was over my shyness and I was 
cheering as hard as any of them. 

When I was eight years old, my mother and father 
divorced. I moved with my mother and new step-father, 
John Eaton, to Roy, Utah. As my brother had before me, I 
spent most of the summer months with my Grandmother, 
Zina Anderson. My grandfather Anderson had passed 
away when I was three years old. 

It was at this time with Grandmother Anderson that I 
learned to cook. This proved to be very helpful to me 
when I was older as my husband will readily testify to. 

In 1964, Mother, John and I moved to Littleton, 
Colorado. There I took singing and guitar lessons. I at¬ 
tended Ames Elementary School and Cherry Creek 
High. While at Cherry Creek I tried out for Pom Pom Girls 
and here my early training as Cheerleader Mascot came in 
handy; I made the team. 

In 1970 Mother and I moved to Vernal, Utah. I en¬ 
tered Uintah High for my Junior year. The summer before 
my senior year I visited my brother C harles and his family 
in Tempe Arizona. I decided to stay for my Senior year, 
graduating from McClintock High School in Tempe, Ariz. 
This was 1972. 

The following year I entered Dixie College in St. 
George, Utah. At Christmas time, I went to Las Vegas, 
Nevada and married Kenneth Henderson . We have two 
beautiful little girls. Ami Marie was born in 1973 and Tina 
Marie was born in 1975. Kenneth and I divorced in 1979. 

A few months later I met and married Richard James 
Inderrieden. Jim is a graduate from Utah State University 
and works for Schreiber Cheese Co. I am working for 
Boren, Inc. as a payroll clerk and computer operator in 
Logan, Utah. 

We are happy congenial family. Jim is a good 
husband and a good father to my little girls. I feel proud 
and blessed for this turn of event in my life. We are 
looking forward to a wonderful life together. 

We have a home in Hyrum, Utah. 

RUSSELL PETER HARRISON 

Russell Peter Harrison born 9 September 1898, on his 
mother’s birthday, at grandmother’s (Mary Ashby Murray) 
home in Maeser. He was the second son and fifth child in a 
family of twelve children. 

The family were living at Deep Creek, the boys en¬ 
joyed the fields and the hills. He attended school at a one 
room log school house. The family moved to Glines Ward 
when Russell was twelve, so he went to Glines Elementary 

196 



Ipussell Harrison. Carol Jean, Mildred, Lorrine, Evelyn, Arvan. 
'Cleo. 


School. Their home was only a half mile from Glines LDS 
Chapel. Their Merkley cousins lived close, he and Joe had 
many good times together. 

When he went to Uintah Academy, they only had to 
walk a half mile. He studied well, became well liked. In his 
junior year he ran for student body president against Hugh 
W. Colton and won. 

Bishop John B. Eaton called him to serve a mission. 
His father took him to Salt Lake City by way of Price to 
get ready. He served in the Washington State Mission at 
Seattle for two years, Melvin J. Ballard was the Mission 
President. 

When he returned from his mission, he was called to 
the army “WW1.” He went to Fort Douglas, was outfitted, 
but the war ended too soon, he didn’t go any place. He 
belonged to the American Legion. 

The family moved to Lapoint in 1920. He became a 
school teacher at Deep Creek, the same school he had 
attended but moved down the canyon a few miles. 

While in Lapoint he met and married Mildred Kestan 
Swensen, May 30, 1922, in the Salt Lake Temple for time 
and all eternity. He taught school in Lapoint. Later his 
family moved to Neola, and he taught in Whiterocks. 

The family moved to Taylorsville, where he taught 
mathematics for 18 years at Cyprus High School and also 
taught Seminary Class for the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints in the Granite School District. 

In 1941, he began working for Commercial Travelers 
Insurance Company. In 1947, he was asked to open an 
office in Denver. The family moved there. He was the 
Colorado District Manager. They stayed two years, 
moving back to Salt Lake City in 1949. The company 
changed name to Surety Life Insurance. 

In Lapoint he was President of M.I.A. in Taylorsville 
he was President of the Seventies Quorum. At the time of 
his death he was President of the High Pirests Quorum in 
Parleys LDS Ward. 

He worked hard to build up security for his wife and 
daughter Carol Jean. They raised four daughters and one 
son— Cleo, Lorraine, Evelyn, Carol Jean; and son Russell 
Arvon. 





Natalie. 

Russell and Mildred’s lives were one of love and 
devotion in raising their family and living their religion in 
honesty and kindness. With an ever present smile, Russell 
was well liked, known, and respected. 

Russell died 23 November 1957, at age of 59, of high 
blood pressure and heart attack. 

Russells family: 

1. Cleo Harrison born May 29, 1923, in Lapoint, 
Uintah, Utah to Russell Peter and Mildred Harrison. She 
married Herman Gustar Feussil in Salt Lake City. 

They have two sons Michael Russell born January 
1952 in Kansas City Mo. He married Geneva Eileene 
Power, January 7, 1978 at Elko, Nevada, she had three 
children Kimberly Lee Rae, Gregery Keith, and Natalie 
Kae which he loves very much. Their other son is Terry 
Herman born May 3, 1954 at Salt Lake City, Utah, Terry is 
still at home. 

Cleo is a good home maker, has had many jobs in the 
church. 

She and Mike went to the Salt Lake Temple August 
19,1966, were married for time and eternity and their sons 
were sealed to them. 


She and her sister Lorraine are over seeing their sister 
Carol Jean. 

2. Lorraine Harrison was born June 8, 1924 at Lapoint 
Uintah, Utah. She married Lenard Richard Tranter 
November 21, 1942 at her parents home in Taylorsville, 
Salt Lake County, Utah. They have a daughter Patricia 
Ann born July 26, 1953 in Salt Lake City. They adopted a 
son Douglas Lenard who was bom in Las Vegas, Clark 
County, Nevada March 1961. 

3. Evelyn, born March 11, 1929 in Lapoint, Utah. She 
married Norman Burges Morre August 21, 1947 in the Salt 
Lake Temple. 

4. Russell Arvan born September 28, 1930 at Lapoint 
Utah. He served a LDS Mission October 1950-1952, his 
first marriage didn't last, he married Teresa Hunsaker 
May 31, 1980. of American Fork, Utah, Utah. Arvan went 
to the University of Utah, later got his teaching certificate 
and taught in the Uintah School District. 

5. Carol Jean bora May 16, 1938 at Roosevelt, 
Dushesne, Utah. Living now in Ogden. 



William and Pearl Sorensen, Yvoone, Christie Lynn, William, 
Gary, Connie, Sharon, Dee Ann, Mary Margaret 


HAZEL PEARL HARRISON 

Hazel Pearl Harrison, bom August 15, 1900 at Deep 
Creek, Uintah, Utah, the daughter of Peter and Margaret 
Murray Harrison. 

She went to grade school in a one room log cabin. 
1910 the family moved to Glines, where she went to 
school there. Then on to Uintah Academy, after 
graduation she went to Snow College at Ephraim, Utah. 
She had a teaching certificate. Went to Lapoint where the 
family now lived to teaching for nine years in the Uintah 
School District. 

She married William Justin Sorensen July 9, 193Q in 
Lapoint, Utah. They went to Flagstaff, Arizona where she 
and Billy worked in the Veterans Hospital. 

They moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when the Bolder 
Dam began to be built, the name was later changed to 
Hoover Dam as President Herbert C. Hoover had been the 
president. Here they made their home the rest of their 
lives. Billy working on the Dam, later retired. 

She taught school the last twenty years of her life at 

197 








the Fifth Street School, the second grade. After her family 
was grown up. 

Her children were all born in Las Vegas, Clark, 
Nevada. 

William Delbert Sorensen, July 8, 1931. 

Donald Sorensen. 

Gary Wayne Sorensen, July 3, 1935. 

Margaret Anna Sorensen, September 9, 1938. 

Her husband died April 2, 1959. 

Aunt Pearl died September 4, 1965 and was layed 
beside her husband. 

She had 4 grandchildren at the time of the death. 

Before she died she went to Salt Lake Temple April 
13, 1962 and was sealed to her husband. 


Clark, Nev. 

5. Karen Michelle, bom June 27, 1968 in Las Vegas, 
Clark, Nev. 

6. Jennifer Rebbecca Sorensen, bom June 27, 1972 in 
Las Vegas, Clark, Nev. 

7. Eric Justin Sorensen, bom August 21, 1973 in Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nev. 

William and Mariann are interested in natural foods 
and have a business to sell it. 

They have a new home. Mariann is a nurse and 
works. 


DEE ANN SORENSEN 


Dee Ann Sorensen born while Bill was in the service 
at Camp Roberts, California. Yvonne Leah Rasmussen 
was her mother. I was born January 29, 1953. 

I spent the first seventeen years of my life living in Las 
Vegas, Nevada. In active would best describe my statis in 
the church until I was 10, then my mom died ( 1963). 
When my dad remarried in January 1964 to Marieann 
McVeigh, my life changed. The whole family became 
active L.D.S. 

Some of the schools I attended were, Bonanza 
Elementary; Gibson Jr. High; Western High School, 
Provo High. I graduated in 1971. Some of the neatest 
experiences I had in school came as the result of band. I 
got to go on many trips to Southern Calif, for contests. 
The most memorable trip, was when our band was 
selected and sent to represent Nevada at Nixon's 
Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C. 19691 What an 
experience. 

I have enjoyed singing and have been asked at dif¬ 
ferent times to solo in church. I hope to be good enough to 
sing with the Tabernacle Choir. 

In church I have served times as an accompaniest to 
the Relief Society, Jr. and Sr. Sunday Schools and 
Primary. I served as Sr. Primary music leader recently and 
just loved it. I also served as visiting teacher message 
leader, supervisor. I got to see our ward become the 
highest percentages from the lowest. 

Now I have five children. Four of which are per- 
schoolers. 

I was married to Jeffery Mark Semmens, June 9, 1970, 
Susan Marie born October 5, 1972, at St. George, Utah. 
Justin William, Dec. 22, 1974, Provo, Ut. Brian Scott 
August 24, 1976, Kennewick, Washington. We were 
divorced November 1977, after much unhappiness. 

I had a fantastic testimony building experience, and 
have gained a burning testimony of Christ. 

I met Richard Eric Blair while staying with my Aunt 
Margaret Anna in Carson City, Nevada. We wrote letters, 
phone calls, visits, we were married, January 19, 1978, at 
Granger, Utah, where we now live in a new home. Our 
daughter Orianna born December 11, 1978 Granger. 
Jonathan Richard Blair, March 8, 1980 at Granger also. I 
am waiting for a cancellation of the previous Temple 
marriage and sealing from the first presidency, looking 
forward to a Temple Marriage and Sealing to Richard Eric 
Blair, he will adopt my older children. 


William and Mariann Sorensen. Karen, Jerriann, Christie, 
DeeAnn, David, Jennifer, and Eric. 


WILLIAM DELBERT SORENSEN 


William Delbert Sorensen, bom July 8, 1931 at Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nevada to William Justin and Hazel Pearl 
Harrison Sorensen. 

He has lived in Las Vegas most of his life, he went to 
Las Vegas Fifth Street Elementary School and to Las 
Vegas High, and BYU at Provo, Utah. It was here het met 
and married Yvonne Leah Rasmussen June 6, 1952. 

He enlisted in the Army and took part in the Korean 
Police action. 

1. Dee Ann Sorensen was bom January 29, 1953 at 
Army hospital at Camp Roberts, Ca. After William’s tour 
of the army they went to Las Vegas where William has 
worked for the Fire Department for many years. 

2. Christie Lynn Sorensen, bom September 13, 1958 
at Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. 

Yovone died in 1963. 

William married Marieann McVeigh January 17, 
1964. Their whole life changed and they became active in 
their LDS Church. 

Marieann had a daughter Jerianne Renee. Their 
marriage was solemnized in the St. George Temple, 
William adopting Jerianne. 

William and Marieann’s children: 

4. David William, born January 27, 1966 in Las Vegas, 







I 


GARY WAYNE SORENSEN 

Gary Wayne Sorensen, born July 3, 1935 in Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nevada. Parents were William Justin 
Sorensen, and Hazel Pearl Harrison. Lived in Las Vegas 
all his life. Went to the Las Vegas Fifth Street Elementary 
School and Las Vegas High School. 

1. Married Connie Ruth Hutchinson on December 20, 
1957 at Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Their children: 

1. Sharon Pearl, born December 10, 1958, Boulder 
City, Clark, Nev. She married Randy Craig Dimond 
December 4, 1976. Their children Randall Craig Dimond 
Jr., bom April 21, 1978 in Barstow, Sn. Brndn, Calif. 

2. Connie Lynne, bom May 3, 1960, Boulder City, 
Clark, Nev. Married Thomas Tyrone Terry, March 4, 1978 
in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah. Their children, Michael 
Thomas Terry, born Sept. 28, 1978 in Salt Lake City, Salt 
Lake Utah. Connie Lynne divorced Thomas Tyrone Terry. 
Gary Wayne Sorensen, divorced Connie Ruth Hutchinson 
Sorensen, Feb. 29, 1962. 

3. Gary Wayne Sorensen married the second time to 
Grace Elaine Clausen on December 7, 1962 in North Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nev. 

Their children: 

Gary Wayne Sorensen II, bom Sept. 16, 1963, Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nev. 

2. Hazel Florance Sorensen, bora April 1, 1966 in Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nev. 

3. William Alexander, bom December 14, 1971 in Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nev. 

Gary has worked for the Las Vegas Fire Department 
for many years he and William are in the same battalion. 
There are so many Mormons in it they call it the Mormon 
Battalion. 

Gary has also worked on the police force. 

MARGARET ANNA SORENSEN 

Margaret Anna Sorensen, bom September 9, 1938 in 
Las Vegas, Nevada to William Justin and Hazel Pearl 
Harrison Sorensen. She was born on her grandmother 
Harrison's birthday, so her name was her mothers mother 
and fathers mother.. She went to the Fifth Street Las 
Vegas Elementary School, then Las Vegas High School. 
Baptized September 22, 1946. 

She married James Gibson Buchler September 29, 
1956 in Ely, Nevada. 

Their children are James Edward, born April 4, 1957 
at Las Vegas, Nevada. Baptized 25, September 1966. 

Justina Pearl Buchler, 2 July 1959, Muskegon 
Michigan. Baptized, 2 Sept. 1967. 

Dawn Cichelle Buchler, 22 Mar. 1962, Las Vegas, 
Nevada, Baptized 2, May 1970. . 

John Mitchell Buchler, 29 Mar. 1963, Las Vegas, 
Nevada, baptized 1 May 1971. 

Kenneth Paul Buchler, 6 May 1965, Las Vegas, 
Nevada, baptized 2, June 1973. 

This marriage ended in a divorce. 

These children have been sealed to step-father by 


permission of blood father November 22, 1967. St. George 
Temple. 

Margaret Anna married David N. Brode 7 May 1966, 
Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Their children are: 

Leanne Neale Brode, 17 May 1967, Las Vegas, 
Nevada. Baptized 17 June 1975. 

Theresa Ann Brode, 27 December 1974, Las Vegas, 
Nevada, child. 



Boyd, Ellen, Ted, Enid, Ruth and Lorn Williams 


MARY RUTH HARRISON 

Mary Ruth Harrison, her name could have been 
spelled Merry Ruth, for she had a merry spirit all her life. 
She loved her family, her cousins, her heritage, family 
gatherings. She was one of the cousins to start the family 
reunion in 1950. Ruth was bora 14 November 1902, at 
Deer Creek to Peter and Margaret Murray Harrison. She 
was blessed in Maeser, given the name of Mary after 
grandmother Murray. She started school in the log school 
in Deep Creek, finished grade school in Glines. One of her 
teachers was Uncle Joe Murray. She attended Uintah 
Academy. She worked for Dr. Homer Rich, later married 
Lorn Williams. 

She raised four children - Enid Ruth, Lorn Edward 
(Ted), Ellen Rae, Boyd. They lived in rented houses in 
Vernal, Maeser, Glines, one school year in Lapoint with 
Deb and Frances. They built a home in the lower Naples- 
Dayis area. In 1947, Ruth got a new home in Vernal. 

Several summers she went with Lora to Colorado, 
where he worked with the sheep companies. Here they 
rode horses, Pete in front and Ellen in back. She enjoyed 
gathering the wild flowers for Memorial Day. At canning 
season, she went everywhere to gather the fruit of the 
season, even the wild buffalo berries and wild currants. 

Later she began fishing with Lorn, by herself, friends, 
and grandsons. She knew how to work and was acive in 
many ways, always had a clean house and yard, taking 
care of all stray cats. A good cook, and no recipe was too 
much for her. Made quilts and home made soap. 

Her two sons served in World War II, Ted in the Navy 


199 





in the Pacific on the ship Pennsylvania, Boyd in the Army 
went to the Philippines. She had 15 grandchildren at the 
time of her death. She died 13 April 1962, after surgery, at 
the age of 59. She was buried in the Vernal Memorial 
Park. 

Everyone liked her and she liked everyone. 


Glee, Kathleen, Kenneth, David. Ruth. Enid. Boyd. Mary Ellen. 
Douglas Jerry Hatch. 


ENID RUTH WILLIAMS 


I Enid Ruth Williams Hatch, feel I was the most lucky 
of all the Harrison granddaughters. For I have five 
mothers looking after me most of my life. Ruth, who gave 
me birth August 23, 1921. Aunts Pearl and Frances, who 
took care of me summer and winter, taking me to Salt 
Lake City for the first time in their Model A Ford when I 
was six. In Lapoint I went to the drug store day after day. I 
lived with Pearl and her family and went to school in Las 
Vegas, Nevada. When I returned to Utah it was Aunt 
Frances that met the train or bus. I worked in the summer 
keeping house for Aunt Frances. Aunt Zina helped me 
when young and after I was married, tended my children 
and helped me can fruit. When at Aunt Mable’s house she 
doctored my cuts and bruises. 

I started elementary school in Maeser, went to 
Cenral, Glines, and Lapoint. I went to high school in Las 
Vegas, Nevada for two years and two years at Uintah High 
in Vernal. I have taken college classes equivalent to one 
year of college. 

I married Boyd Teeples Hatch April 3, 1940. I have 
eight children, Carol Glee, Douglas Boyd, Mary Ellen, 
Kenneth “W”, Alva Jeremiah (Jerry), Kathleen Joy, David 
Lee, and Ruth Marie. On April 2, 1957 we took our seven 
children to the Salt Lake Temple where we were married 
and sealed for time and eternity. Ruth Marie came after 
that. As to date I have 20 grandchildren, and two on the 
way. 

My work in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints has been Primary for 30 years, as teacher of boys 
classes, chorister, president. I served on the Stake Board 


of the Primary and Sunday School, and Relief Society as 
chorister under four presidents and as a visiting teacher, 
and as Ward Meetinghouse Librarian. I have worked in 
the P.T.A. as room mother, membership chairman and 
worker, two terms as president and two years as Uintah 
Council President. I have worked in the Daughters of 
Utah Pioneers for 35 years, as secretary, president, 
registar and chorister, 28 years as a county officer as Vice 
Captain and chorister. Now as the Vernal Regent (same as 
president) of the National Society Daughters of the 
American Revolution. Served as registar and librarian. 

Boyd has made a good living and I have never had to 
work out side of our home. The children could call any 
time of the day if they needed help. 

Our family - Boyd and I, Jerry, Kathy, David, and 
Ruthie served an Indian Mission to Whiterocks from 
March 1966 to June 1968. 

I have been very lucky to have some of my mother's 
good qualities- the love of family and heritage, love of 
people, and how to work with the public. I was lucky to 
have her natural curly hair. 


Glee. Hugh Girsberger, Phillip. Glenn. Rebbecca. Michelle 
Glee, Shyrel Ruth. 

CAROL GLEE HATCH 

Carol Glee Hatch one of Enids song birds. Bom 
December 22, 1940, in Vernal, Ut. She could hum tunes 
(that her aunt’s were singing) before she could talk, 
daughter of Boyd Teeples and Enid Ruth Hatch. 

She entered kindergarten at Central and first grade 


200 







when the family moved to Maeser where she attended 
Maeser, and her class was the last eighth grade they held 
there. Ashley Jr. for the ninth grade then on to Uintah 
High where she took part in the Drama, School plays and 
Musicals where she had solo parts, was in community 
musicals. Taking part in the sports programs. 

Attended the L.D.S. Sunday School, Primary and 
M.I.A. their sports and summer camps. 

She entered Brigham Young University and stayed 
two years, made many friends. 

While in High School she began writing to a lonely 
sailor in the Navy on a flattop at sea. They didn't get to 
meet until July 4, 1960 when he came to see her. He was 
Hugh Edwin Girsberger from Tekoa, Washington. She 
went to work at Spokane that summer to become better 
acquainted with Hugh and his family. 

At Thanksgiving time she came home to prepare for 
her temple wedding. December 15, 1961. Boyd and I 
accompanied them to the Salt Lake Temple, December 16 
we met Hugh folks, Lewellyn and Ruth Girsgerger at a 
family dinner before the reception held at the Glines 
Chapel. 

They made their home in Tekoa, Wash, where Hugh 
worked at the Chevy Garage. Their three children were 
born while they lived there, but because there was a 
doctor but no hospital, they were bom in Spokane, 
Wa.Rebecca Lynn December 25, 1962. Glenn Hugh was 
born September 14, 1964, Phillip Lyell September 24, 
1965. 

They moved to Kirkland (a suburb of Seattle) Hugh 
worked for the Boaling Aircraft Company. While they 
lived there they got acquainted with Jack and Donna 
Jenkins family, other people from Vernal. Their daughter 
Cheryl Ruth was bom there June 6^ 1972. 

They moved to Walla Wall, Wa. where they now live. 
Here another daughter was bom March 22, Michelle 
Glee, 1977. 

Hugh works at the Chevy Garage, has been the Ward 
Clerk. Is now Elders Quorum President. Glee has worked 
in the Primary, Sunday School, MIA and President of the 
Relief Society. 

Becky, Glenn and Phillip have been outstanding in 
their school and their church activities, the leaders in 
positions, in all the organizations. 

The boys have been in sports, baseball, football, 
basketball, and soccer ball, have given it all they had and 
excelled. - 

The family are members of singing groups, Becky, 
Glenn, Phillip and Sheryl play the piano. Becky was 
Primary chorister, as was Glee as a girl in Maeser Second 
Ward Sunday School. 

The whole family likes to garden, they live in a area 
where there is lots of things to gather for home canning. 
The boys have jobs mowing lawns. 

DOUGLAS BOYD HATCH 

Douglas Boyd Hatch was born March 24, 1942 in 
Vernal, Utah. The second child and the first son of Boyd 


Teeple Hatch and Enid Williams Hatch. The family lived 
at 34 West Second South in their first new house. 

There were so many things to do and places for our 
kids to go, like the Central school grounds across the 
street, scout house and the Imperial out-door dance hall to 
play on. They had wagons and tricycles, they played with. 
That wasn’t enough, when Doug was 4 he took his three 
wheeler over to a garage through the block and had it 
made to a two wheeler. He went to kingergarten at 
Central, grade school from the first to seventh in Maeser, 
Jr. high for eighth and ninth. At Uintah he was in the top 
four of his class took part in auto machines and sports. 
Was on the main wrestling team, where he took high 
honors and was on the State team for the three years. He 
was active in LDS Church. In the presidency in the 
Priesthood Quorums. A star Scout and Explorer Scouting. 

After graduatin in May 1960 he went in to the U.S. 
Marine Corp. Served in Japan, Taiwan, was on the team to 
set up air bases in Thailand. He later was stationed at 
Santa Anna Air Force Base near Los Angeles, California. 

When he came home he and Carol Jean Massey 
picked up where they left off when he left, and when he 
went in the Marines. They were married January 9, 1965 
here in Vernal. Later moved to Salt Lake City where Doug 
found work and their children were born. Jean Monique 
October 12, 1965. Michelle Lynn November 21, 1967. 
Jason Boyd March 11, 1972. They went to the Salt Lake 
Temple May 22, 1972. By this time they owned their own 
home. Doug was working and going to College. One year 
to Westminister, then three years to Uinversity of Utah. 

They moved to Texas, had another new home and 
built new business. They moved back to Vernal the 1st of 
August 1976, going into real estate business. Doug is the 
realter and Carol is the secretary. Selling the Boise 
Cascade homes. They have a lovely one. They had the 
name of the Roundup Realty, his broker died in May, now 
he is with Century 21 Dart Reality at the Vernal office. 

The whole family are sports enthusiast, swimming, 
tennis and running. Doug has taken part in Marathon 
running. 



Mechelle, Jean Monique, Jason, Calol Jean and Douglas B 
Hatch. 


201 






Douglas B. Hatch Mary Ellen Hatch 


MARY ELLEN HATCH 

Mary Ellen Hatch was named for her grandmother 
and great grandmother. Ellen after her aunt Ellen, was 
born May 29, 1943 in Vernal, Ut., to Boyd T. and Enid 
Ruth Hatch. 

Started saying poems in Primary at an early age and 
. taking part in Sunday School. Went to grade school in 
Maeser Elementary, Vernal Jr. High, and Uintah High 
School. Took part in MIA, in sports and camps. Learned 
to play piano and lead music, sang in choir in school and 
church. 

She worked at the telephone office for one year 
before going to Brigham Young University for two years. 

She was called to serve a mission for L.D.S. Church 
at Billings, Monana. 1965-67 this was a rich experience for 
her. as she served as the finance clerk of the Mission, and 
lived at the lovely mission home. Here she met many of 
the General authoritives who came to visit. 

She went back to the B.Y.U. after her mission, 
studied several years, went to work, then back studies. 
Graduated in August 1975. 

She went to work for L and W Furniture, then for 
Dinwoodey’s Furniture in Salt Lake City, then back to 
Provo to work. 

In August 1979 she went to Phoniex, Arizona where 
she started to teach Interior Design at Durham College. 

KENNETH W. HATCH 

Kenneth “W.” Hatch, Boyd and Enid's second son 
and fourth child born August 3, 1944 in Vernal, Ut. He 
grew from a blond cury haired lad to a lovely gentle 
sensitave young man. 

He went to Maeser for grade school, Jr. High then 
Uintah High where he took part in football and wrestling. 

He was active at Church activities, in the Priesthood 
quorums presidency*, and secretary of the Priest quorum 
under Bishop Leo E. Hacking. He was active in scouting, 
and in exploring he received the Silver Eagle award. 

He always worked with his father on building jobs, 
learning first hand the trade. 

202 



Kenneth VV. Hatch 



He liked cars and working on them. Learned in the 
mechanic shop at school. Then learned welding well, he 
worked for the Chicago Bridge and Steel, worked all over 
the U.S. 

He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in October 1963 for 4 
years. Served in Hawaii for one year, went to Vietnam on 
two tours. 

He went to college after returning home. To Dixie at 
St. George, Utah, at Logan, then to Weber State where he 
graduated in lune 1975 in police science, worked for the 
State of Utah in the Juvenile Court. 

He is now logging engineer for the Chief Logging 
Engineering of Denver, Co. 

He is the welfare chairman of the Boyd Hatch family 
organization. 


Nathan, Jerry and Jean Ann Hatch, Katie and Jessica. Erin Joy 
Hatch (inset) 




ALVA JEREMIAH HATCH 

Alva Jeremiah Hatch born 10 July 1948, to Boyd 
Teeples Hatch and Enid Ruth Williams, in the old hospital 
on Main Street, Vernal, Uintah, Utah. He is the fifth of 









eight children. Named for great grandfather Alva 
Alexander Hatch, great great grandfather Jeremiah 
Hatch, and great great grandfather Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray. 

He grew up in Maeser attending the old Maeser 
School, Vernal Junior High, and Uintah High. He was 
active in band and orchestra, playing selections on piano 
for assemblies. He took seminary one year in junior high 
and four years in high school. 

He was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, earning all but the 
swimming merit badge (because of swimming cramps) to 
become an Eagle Scout, was active in Exploring Scouting. 

With his family he filled a two year Indian Mission in 
Whiterocks, Utah, March 28, 1966 to June 23, 1968. He 
was ordained an Elder by his father Boyd Teeples Hatch 
and received his Endowments August 16, 1968. Harold G. 
Davis gave him his Patriarchal Blessing. 

He worked for Ashtons for three years with the oil 
field mud department. 

In September 1968, he received his mission call from 
President David O. McKay to serve a two year L.D.S. 
mission to Florida. He was set apart for his Mission by 
Eldred G. Smith, the L.D.S. church Patriarch. He 
returned home January 1971. 

He went back to Dixie Junior College for September 
1971-72, where he met his wife Jean Ann Trinnaman of 
Lehi, Uah. They were married and sealed for eternity in 
the Salt Lake Temple, September 7, 1972. 

They lived in Vernal for a while in 1973, where Jerry 
worked as a carpenter for contractor Bert Angus. Jerry 
learned the carpenter trade working with his father. 

They returned to Lehi the last part of October 1973, 
where Jerry has worked as a carpenter. He and his father, 
Boyd T. Hatch, framed their home they now live in. Jerry 
is now building homes in the Alpine area that range in 
$105,000.00 range. 

They have four children-Jessica bom in Vernal, 20th 
of October 1973, Kathryn Ruth (Katie) born 22nd of 
August 1975, just missing grandmother Hatch's birthday 
one day, Nathan Jeremiah bom the 19th of May 1978, and 
Erin Joy bom 27th of March 1980. All three were bom at 
the American Fork Hospital. Jerry blessed and gave 
names to all his children. 

Jerry held offices in the Deacon, Teacher, and Priest 
Quorums. He has been a scout master, assistant ward 
clerk, executive clerk, Elders Quorum activity chairman, 
and chorister. He was set apart as Second Counselor in 
Lehi North Stake, Lehi 17th Ward to serve under Bishop J. 
Dale Manning. He was ordained a High Priest November 
11th, 1979 by his father Boyd T. Hatch. 

KATHLEEN JOY HATCH 

Kathleen Joy Hatch, another of Enid's song birds, she 
always had a happy time, was bom June 12, 1950, the sixth 
child and third daughter of Boyd and Enid Hatch. She had 
natural curly hair, stole everyones heart. She was asked to 
sing very young as she began school taking part in every 
program from early class in Sunday and kindergarten. In 
third grade arranged programs with a friend who played 



John. Matthew, Jordan, Jennifer, Kathleen and Wayne Jenkins 
Tyler and Justin. 


piano. Was in all talent show. Portrayed and dressed as 
Mary in the Nativity scene with her brother Jerry. She was 
the| one that introduced the song “I am a Child of God” for 
the first time at Primary Conference when 8 years old. She 
and Jerry sang “Star Bright” several times. 

She learned to play the piano and was Sunday 
Chorister all during her teenage years. At Uintah High 
took part in musicals and choirs. Was in the Pep club, 
Marching Drill team, was a Cheer Leader. Home coming 
queen candidate. She was a girl stater. After graduation 
she went to BYU summer school, staying on for a full 
year. 

At B.Y.U. she got aquainted with her husband whom 
she had met two years earlier in Vernal. 

Wayne and Kathie were married at the Manti 
Temple, September 26, 1969. Wayne went on to college. 
Jennifer was bom July 8, 1970. Wayne continued and 
graduated August 18, 1972 from B.Y.U. He was assigned 
to jvork in the Seminaries for the Church in Gallup, New 
Mexico where they lived three years. They were assigned 
to Jvfonroe, Utah to a Seminary by a new high school, in 
1974. 

They live there now in a new home. Wayne is a 
counselor inthe Monroe First Ward Bishopric. Kathy has 
been on the Stake Primary Board and Stake Music 
director. Now working in the Primary nursery. 

They had the opportunity to take a tour in the “Lands 
of the Scriptures Workshop" for a month to Rome, Italy, 
Athens, Greece, Cairo and Luxor, in Egypt where they 
saw the Pyramids. Tel Aviv, Accho, Tirerias and 
Jerusalem in Israel where she saw Danny and Marilyn 
Ron a and family. 

Jennifer Jenkins, bom July 8, 1970, Provo, Utah. 

Justin Wayne Jenkins, bom August 20, 1972, 
American Fork, Utah. 

Tyler Edward Jenkins, bom February 9, 1974, Gallup, 
New Mexico. 

John William Jenkins, born December 20, 1976, Rich¬ 
field, Utah. Twin brother Jordan Thomas Jenkins, bom 
December 20, 1976, Richfield, Utah. 

Mathew Boyd Jenkins, born October 27, 1978, Rich¬ 
field, Utah. 


203 





Heather Ann, Isace David. Kathleen and David Lee Hatch, 


DAVID LEE HATCH 

David Lee Hatch fourth son and seventh child of 
Boyd T. and Enid Hatch born March 15, 1954 in Vernal, 
Utah. 

He went to Maeser school. Vernal Jr High and Uintah 
High. He was in sports, football and wrestling, choir. 

He worked and saved his money then went to Utah 
Trade Tech at Provo after graduation. 

He worked as a hod tender for three years for Murray 
and McLean, learning and growing. 

He became a Eagle Scout, a mountain climber, and 
trapper. Liked to hunt. 

He was in the presidency of all priesthood classes. 

He married Kathleen (Kathy) Weeks, November 20, 
1975 in the Provo Temple. They have three children, 
Heather Ann, born October 23, 1976. Isaac David, bom 
March 8, 1979, and Bonnie Jean, July 15, 1980. 

They have a new home in Davis Second Ward, where 
he has been in the Elder's Quorum Presidency and is a 
Sunday School teacher. 

Kathy is a counselor in the Relief Society. 

David and Kathy are both good hunters and go 
together. They like to fish. David still traps beaver and 
muscrats. 


RUTH MARIE HATCH 

Ruth Marie Hatch born 24 March 1958, Vernal. Utah 
to Boyd T. and Enid Williams Hatch. 

She came to be with Boyd and Enid in their later 
years. They knew that she was supposed to be and her 
name Ruth was told Enid in a dream. She came one year 
after they had gone to the Salt Lake Temple, Boyd was 
able to bless and confirm her. Jerry got to baptize her. 

She is another of the family of song birds and is a 



Reid and Ruth Marie Samuels 


very musical gal. 

Went to grade school in Maeser, was in the sixth 
grade the last year of the old Maeser School. Took part in 
all the talent shows, had a good time in school. 

Went to Vernal Jr. High where she took part in track, 
in the choirs. 

At Uintah High was in the drama classes, in the 
school play which went to Provo, BYU competition. In 
the An department, the musicals. Pep club, drill team, 
gymnastics and modem dancing. Plays the piano for her 
own amusement. 

Went to one semester at Ricks College in Rexburg, 
Idaho, and one semester at BYU before marriage. 

She worked two years before her marriage August 3, 
1979 to Reid J. Samuels son of John Edward Samuels and 
Patsy Massey. They now live in North Ballard on the 
Montez Creek Rd. 

They are building a new home and have a family of 
dogs. 


LORN EDWARD (TED) WILLIAMS 

Lom Edward (Ted) Williams the first son and second 
child of Lorn and Ruth Wiliams, born 10 December 1922 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Lom was back working for the 
\yilliams Sheep Company and he was born at Henerys 
hbme. 

He went to grade school in Lapoint for the first grade, 
Aunt Frances his teacher. Central, Jr. High and Uintah 
High where he was in the F.F.A. and chief of student 
ice in his last year. 

He married Iona Collier September 17, 1941 at 
Malad, Oneida, Idaho. They made their home in Salt Lake 
City for a while. DeNile was bom April 1, 1942, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Ted went in to the Navy, after boot camp he 
was assigned to the ship Pennsylvania. 

Ted has worked in California, Salt Lake City and at 
Provo. 


pol 


204 




DeNile, Ted Williams, Sherry, Iona 


In June 15, 1951 Cherry was born to them. They have 
a good home in Vernal. 

Ted worked for years for R. W. Jones driving truck 
in the oil field. Now he is Logging engineer on the oil rig. 
Has worked at this job in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. 
He has always been a hard worker and had the best. Took 
care of what he had, if it didn’t work right he could fix it, 
or build it, can do anything in the building line. 

Both Ted and Iona love their grandchildren, they 
have six grandsons and two granddaughters. 

DeNILE WILLIAMS 

DeNile Williams born April 1, 1942 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah the first and only son of Ted and Iona Williams. He 
went to grade school at Central, High School at Uintah, 
where* he took part in the band and has liked music. 

He served a L.D.S. Mission to Sidney, Australia for 
two years. He joined the National Guard and worked 
there for several years. He married Donna Williams 


November 4, 1967 at Rock Springs, Sweetwater, 

Wyoming. Their first son was bom there, Derrick DeNile, 
28 June 1968. They went to the Salt Lake Temple 
November 4, 1968. 

They lived in Salt Lake City when Durrent Edward 
was bom 24 December 1969. They went to Payson to live 
and their first daughter was born 19 June 1973, her name is 
Darcell Elizabeth. They moved to Vernal where DeNile 
worked and was the Vernal Fourth Ward Clerk. Dee 
Franklin was bom June 17, 1974. DeNile was in the Guard 
again. He felt he should join the Army and they were sent 
to Ft. Hall, Texas where Dalian was born in October 1978. 
From here they went to Germany, stationed at Worma. 
They were able to see much of Europe and were also able 
to attend the Mormon Temple in Switzerland. Ted and 
Iona visited while they lived there. 

Joan was born June 28, 1979, and Darce was baptized 
in Germany before they left, in December 1979. DeNile is 
now stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New 
Mexico. Where he works in Personnel Management. 

SHERRY WILLIAMS 

Sherry Williams born 15 June 1951 in Vernal, Uintah 
to Ted and Iona Williams. She went to the Central 
Elementary School, Uintah High and on to a Dental 
nursing school. 

She married Roger Perry a son of Clifton and Elaine 
Thomas Perry July 22, 1972 in Vernal. They have a home 
not far from Ted and Iona. Sherry is a good house keeper 
and a good mother. They have two sons, Ryan bom June 
7, 1975 and his brother Kevin Kyle born July 24, 1978, 
both born in Vernal. 

Roger is in the car business with his parents and twin 
brother Russell Perry. 

ELLEN RAE WILLIAMS JOHNSON 

Ellen Rae Williams Johnson, born in Vernal, Uintah 
County, Utah, April 27, 1925 to Lorn and Ruth Harrison 
Williams. Moved to Springville, Utah in 1942. Graduated 
from Springville High School and met and married John 
Theodore Hanegan, a career soldier. 

Spent the first year of marriage in Texas. Returned to 
Vernal, where son John Theodore II was bom, while 
father was fighting in World War II, in Europe. Upon his 
return to the States, we have lived in Kansas, Virginia, 
Washington and California, as well as Okinowa and Japan, 
while serving in the peace time Army. 

A son Patrick Thomas and daughter Kathryn were 
both born, while stationed at Fort Ord Calif. 

Husband retired in 1962, and established a home and 
employment in San Jose, Calif., where he passed away in 
1965. Ted the son married Barbara Ball and served two 
years in the Army at Fort Gordon in Ca., and Fort 
Yuchuce in Ariz. After two years she married an old high 
school boy friend, Milo Evans Johnson, Aug. 5, 1967 we 
took the children and moved to Needles, Calif. 

A son Paul Evans Johnson was bom to us July 2. 1968. 
We are both active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
day Saints. 


205 









In this remote desert area, I have served as Sunday 
School teacher, Reief Society President (6 years) Blythe 
Stake Relief Society (3 years) Relief Society teacher, and 
now Blythe Stake Relief Society Home Making Counselor. 
Son Patrick, killed in an automobile accident April 9, 
1971, in Needles, Calif. Daughter Kathryn, married Scott 
Monroe Lewis. I have five natural grand children and five 
step grand children. 

JOHN THEODORE HANEGAN II 


John Theodore Hanegan II born October 19, 1944 in 
Vernal, Utah to John Theodore Hanegan I and Ellen Rae 
Williams, Ellen had come home because John had gone to 
Europe in W.W. II. He grew up in Pacific, Salinas, and 
San Jose, California. 

Married just out of high school July 1963 to Barbara 
Ball at Reno, Nevada. Enlisted in the Army went to Korea 
for one year. When he came back Barbara went with him 
to Ft. Augusta, Richmond, Ga. Where their first child was 
born John Michael, he only lived one day. They went to 
Tucson, Ar. Back to San Jose to live when out of army. 
Then they came to Utah where Ted went to the Brigham 
Young University studying electronics. 

Back in San Jose, California, Michael Thomas was 
born April 3, 1967, Nancy Christina January 26, 1971. 
They later divorced. Ted married Susan Kathleen 
Berridse July 23, 1972. They have Michael (Micky) 
Thomas living with them. Their children are Patrick 
Thomas born January 2, 1973 and Megan Kelly December 
10, 1976 at Sunnyvale, Ca. 

Ted has his own business in Electronics, has a lot of 
people working for him. Owns new home, several cars and 
is on top of it all. 

KATHRYN HANEGAN LEWIS 

Kathryn Hanegan Lewis, born Oct. 31, 1955 to John 
Theodore and Ellen Rae Williams Hanegan at Fort Ord, 
Monterary, Calif. Was baptized Jan. 3, 1964. Kathryn 
moved from San Jose with her family and went to Needles, 
Calif. After the remarriage of her mother, Scott moved to 
Needles with his family in 1972. The Lewis’ left their home 
in Brawley, Calif, to purchase a car dealership locally. 
Scott and Katie met in High School and dated 
until they graduated in 1973. After attending college and 
obtaining jobs they married. Scott is an electrician with 
his own business. Katie is active in hobbies, housewifing 
and being a new mother. Ashley Brooke, their beautiful 
daughter, born March 5, 1979 in Lake Havasu City, 
Mohave County, Ariz. 


BOYD (PETE) WILLIAMS 


Boyd (Pete) Williams, born September 30, 1930 in 
Vernal, Utah to Lorn and Mary Ruth Harrison Williams. 

Boyd started grade school at Naples, Jr. High and part 
of the year at Uintah High in the ninth grade. The family 
moved to Springville where dad had leased a farm. Boyd 
went to Springville High and finished there even after the 
family moved to Provo. 


Ted. John T. Hanegan. Patric, Ellen, Katie. 


Ellen, Milo, and Paul Johnson 


206 








Norma Jean and Boyd Williams 



He married Norma Jean Lee, September 21, 1944, in 
Vernal, Utah at Enid’s home. They made a home in 
Springville. When Boyd enlisted in the army, Jean went to 
live with her folks Harry and Fern Lee, until Boyd came 
home. 

After his returned he got work in Price for a while. 

They returned to Springville, later bought a new 
home in Brookside where they lived several years. Now 
they have a lovely new home on Aaron Ave. 

Boyd has worked hard having two job at times, they 
worked together and have done well. Have a nice family. 

Susan Williams born, January 1946 in Provo, Utah. 

She was the only child for 12 years until they adopted 
a little girl. 

Marylin Williams born November 13, 1958 in Provo, 
Utah. 

Laura Williams born, December 14, 1962, Provo, 
Utah. 

John Boyd Williams bom March 20, 1964, Provo, 
Utah. 

They have five grandchildren. 

Boyd has worked many years in the metal business, 
was two years at the Utah Power and Light Plant at Castle 
Dale, Utah. Then at the new seven story wing on the Utah 
Valley Hospital at Provo, Utah. Has worked in the 
real estate business several years. 

SUSAN WILLIAMS 

Susan Williams born January 19, 1946 Provo, Utah to 
Boyd and Norma Jean Lee Williams. 


She went to Elementary, Jr. High and High School in 
Springville. 

She went to Utah State University at Logan, Utah, 
Wayne V. Shurtleff she married August 20, 1965 at 
Springville, Utah. He went to Utah State University and 
Utah Technical College for 2 years received a associate 
degree. Working at Geneva Steel, as a Electronic and 
Electrical maintenance. 

They have lived in Mapleton, Provo and five different 
locations in Springville. Have lovely new home on the hill, 
with a beautiful view of Utah Lake. 

Susan is a good homemaker, talents and hobbies are 
handwork of all types, sewing, needlepoint. 

Wayne hunting, fishing, gardening and especially 
flower gardening. In the LDS Church service Susan has 
served as Stake Relief Society Homemaking Leader for 
3'/j years. 

They were high school sweethearts living in the same 
town and going to the same high school. Justin W. 
Shurtleff born December 21, 1965, Provo, Utah. 

Stephanie Shurtleff bom February 27, 1969 at Provo, 
Utah. 

Paul Shurtleff bom August 2, 1978, Payson.Utah. 

MARYLIN WILLIAMS 

Marylin Williams bom November 13, 1958 adopted 
by Boyd and Norma Jean Williams, was raised and given 
all their love. 

Married June 8, 1974, in Springville to (1) Richard K. 
Ross Jr. later divoriced. 

Son Scott K. Ross, bom June 8, 1975, Provo, Utah. 


Married (2) William Vem (Bill) Clement June 19, 
1979. 



Delbert, Mary Margaret, Frances, Peter Lind Horrocks 


FRANCEES ELLEN HARRISON 

Frances Ellen Harrison was born 10 June 1906 at the 
Harrison home at upper Deep Creek, daughter of Peter 


207 


/** 


and Margaret Murray Harrison, she was the ninth child 
and the seventh daughter. The last daughter, the apple of 
her fathers eye, She wasn’t old enough to attend school in 
Deep Creek but went to Glines School. Uintah Academy, 
went to college and got her certificate to teach school, but 
studied all her life with her sister Pearl. Did graduate from 
BYU. 

She was like the old lady in the shoe with her 
children. She started loving David her first nephew, took 
Enid under her wing, Ted, Ellen and Boyd, Murray and 
several Indian children. Until she found Mary Margaret, 
then Peter. Uncle Delbert loved them also. 

Going the extra mile with her school teaching, with 
programs and art work. Having a natural happy, loving, 
and humorous way with everything. 

She began teaching in Bennett. Then Watson, 
Lapoint, Maeser, and in North Las Vegas. With the special 
children, (the things those little negro kids would say to 
her made her laugh.) 

On December 28, 1927 she married Delbert Horrocks 
at Lapoint, Utah. 

She was very close to her husband, they were true 
lovers all there lives. 

After her death in March 22, 1970, Delbert was very 
lonely, but he found a lovely lady, who happened to be a 
second cousin to Francis. I am sure she would have ap¬ 
proved like the rest of us, to think it was so natural. She is 
Eloise Peterson Curfew. 

Mary Margaret came to live with Delbert and Frances 
b June 1945, a sweet little black headed baby. When she 
was eleven years old they got Peter. This was a nice family 
they had always wanted. 

Mary Margaret married Felix Raymond Beesche 1, 
June 1963 at Las Vegas. Her first child was Mariea who is 
now 16. Another marriage and had Jimmy who is now 14, 
Connie is 12. She moved to Utah to be with parents. 
Married Kenneth Keel, they have little Kara now 7. She 
and her children now live in Las Vegas where Mary 
Margaret is a telephone operator. 

Peter Lind went in the Army out of high school. 

CARL REED HARRISON 

Carl Reed Harrison born 7 May 1911, at Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah to Peter and Margaret Murray Harrison. He 
was the tenth child in a family of twelve. He started 
elementary school in Glines. When he was eight years old, 
the family moved to Lapornt where he went to school. 
Before he was out of the eighth grade, Russell, Pearl, and 
Frances were teachers there. 

He lived with his sister Ruth and family while at- 
tendbg Uintah High School. While he was in high school 
he joined a group of young fellows in an orchestra, playing 
the drums for dances of the area. 

After high school, he attended L.D.S. Business 
College in Salt Lake City, and lived at sister Zina’s home. 

He married Christine Nyburg at Lapoint on the 4th of 
March 1932. Carl and Christine made their home in 
Lapoint where he was engaged in farming, dairying, and 



Carl and Christine Harrison 


raising turkeys. Later they moved to Roosevelt. Their new 
home was built by Boyd Hatch and Lorn Williams. Here 
he was engaged b the lumber business with his brother-b- 
law Neldon Nyberg. 

Christine died the 4th of April 1946. To this union 
three children were born, Geraldine born 24 October 
1932, Barbara born 21, January 1934, both at Lapoint, and 
Kenneth Reed born 29th April 1939, in Vernal, Utah. 

In 1948 he took his family and moved to Vernal, 
where he was b business. His girls were taught well how to 
keep house and they did for four years. 

In 1950, the family returned to Roosevelt, where he 
became the distributor of a farm implement company and 
operated the Basin Implement Company. On the 30th of 
December 1950, he married Betty Smith Harrison b 
Evanston, Ubta, Wyoming. Betty had two children and 
they had two more Brent and Cherry. 

At the time of his death, he was the manager of the 
Basin Implement Company. He was President of 
Roosevelt Kiwanis 1953, he was also a member of the 
Board of the Commercial Club, a prominent civic worker 
and busbessman. He was a member of the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a scout master. 

He died in Salt Lake City at the age of 42 on the 30th 
of January 1954, of coronary occlusion. He was buried b 
the Maeser Fairview Cemetery. 

There are eight grand children in the first family. 

GERALDINE HARRISON MYER 

Geraldine Harrison was born 24 October 1932 b 
Lapoint at her grandmother Barbara Nyberg’s home, to 
Carl Reed and Christbe Nyberg Harrison. She was then 
first child. She grew up and went to grade school b 
Lapoint, High school in Roosevelt and Vernal. Graduated 
from Uintah High School b 1950 and was active b the 
Band and Pep Club. Graduated from Utah Beauty College 
b Provo. 

Met and married her husband Emil Myer 25 August 
1951, a reception was held after the weddbg for the 
couple. 

They have made their home b Salt Lake City where 


208 











Trevor John, Kristy, Pamela John S. Larsen, Rachelle. 


PAMELA BARBARA MEYER LARSEN 


MICHELE CHRISTINE MEYER WRIGHT 


I was born in Salt Lake City on December 2, 1953.1 
attended Lincoln Elementary, Granite Park Jr. High, 
where I held a Student Body Office and graduated from 
Granite High School in 1972. I also graduated from 
Continental College of Beauty in 1972. I was married to 
John Larsen August 26, 1972 in Salt Lake City. We have 
two daughters and one son and reside in Sandy, Utah. 

Rachelle Pamela bom April 13, 1975; Kristy Barbara 
April 2, 1977, Trevor John, April 26, 1979, all bom in Salt 
Lake City. 

I hold a Primary teaching position in the ward. 

BARBARA HARRISON 


Michele, and Kent Wright, Dustin Kent. 


Barbara Harrison born 21 January 1934 at Lapoint, 
Uintah, Utah. The second daughter of Carl Reed and 
Christine Nyberg Harrison, she married Dennis Richard 
Estrada. 

Three children were born to them. Sherri Lynn 21 


Emil V. Meyer, Pamela, Geraldine, Michele, John Larson, Kent 
Wright. 


they both work. Geraldine worked for 16 years as an 
Automotive distributor, Davis Distributing. Has been 
working at the City of South Salt Lake as an Accounting 
Clerk for the past four years. 

Emil is presently employed at the Salt Lake City 
Suburan Sanitary District No. 1 as Manager. 

Their two daughters were bom in Salt Lake, Michele 
Chrisine 29 August 1952, Pamela Barbara 2 December 
1953. 

She has been active in a bowling league for the past 
few years. The family enjoy camping and fishing, she also 
enjoys crocheting and quilting. 

In civic service, she is a member of the Granite Park 
Lady Lions and have served as Pesident and other offices. 

A member of the L.D.S. Church and has held 
positions in the Primary, Sunday School, Mutual and 
Relief Society organizations. 

She has four grandchildren. 


I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 29, 1952. 
I attended schools in Salt Lake City and graduated from 
Granite High School in 1970. I then attended the U of 
Utah and graduated with a B.S. degree in Child 
Development in 1974.1 have worked at the U of U College 
of Nursing since graduation. 

I married Kent C. Wright on August 24, 1973. He is 
presently employed at Mountain Fuel Supply Company as 
a cost and budget accountant. We have one son, Dustin 
Kent who was born December 6, 1977. We reside in 
Sandy, Utah. 


209 


















December 1957, at Big Spring, Howard, Texas. Steven 
John December 21, 1959 at San Diego, San Diego, 
California. Brenda Jean April 23, 1963 at San Diego also. 

Barbara makes her home in San Diego, Co. raising 
her children alone. 

KENNETH REED HARRISON 

Kenneth Reed Harrison born April 29, 1939 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah, son of Carl Reed and Christine 
Nyberg Harrison. He grew up in Lapoint with his father 
and mother. His mother died when he was 8, his grand¬ 
mother Barbara Nyberg helped care for him. His sisters 
learned to keep house and did a good job of it. The family 
stayed together as much as they could. He went to high 
school at Union High, staying a lot of time at Clarence and 
Ruth Nyberg Murray home. Their sons were his com¬ 
panions. They all had high ideals to get a college 
education which they did. He also lived with Aunt 
Elizabeth. 

Reed went to Utah State University at Logan, worked 
on the forest fire crew station in Montana, in the summers 
to support himself and college money. He graduated in 
1962 with B.S. degree. Served in Army as a Lieutenant 63- 
65. Tours which took him to Washington, D.C., Hong 
Kong, and Vietnam. He met and married Judith Jane Utz 
April 16, 1966 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, Ca. He 
returned to University of Utah where he received his 
Master of Science Degree in 1968. Their first daughter 
Christina Jane was bom June 1, 1968 in Salt Lake City, 
Utah. 

They made their home in Burbank, Los Angeles, Ca. 
when Cathleen Ann was bom June 17, 1969. Julie 
Elizabeth was born April 7, 1975 in Van Nuys, Los 
Angeles, Ca. 

Reed went back to college and graduated as a J.D. 
from Whittier College in 1977, now he was an Attorney at 
Law. He set up office in a large building, at 950 Hampshire 
Road, Suite 106, Westlake Village, California. Specializing 
in Civil Litigation, Probate and Real Estate transactions. 

Received the honor Phi Kappa Phi, Four Pointers. 
Talents and hobbies are, skiing, backpacking, gardening 
and fishing with his family. Likes to read. 

Takes part in Community service as Chairman of 
Board in the Village Bank, Rotory Club, and President of 
Foxwood home owners. Works with the local Republican 
and their affairs. Has been a Sunday School Teacher. 

He loves his family, his relatives and his heritage. 

MORGAN WARD HARRISON 

Morgan Ward Harrison and his twin sister, Margaret, 
was born April 9, 1916 to Peter Harrison and Margaret 
Murray Harrison. His twin sister died at the age of one 
year. 

He attended school in Vernal and high school in Salt 
Lake City, where he was active in the music department 
and had one of the leads in the operetta. Naughty 
Marrietta. While attending school in Salt Lake City, he 
stayed with his sister, Zina Anderson and her family. 



Morgan Ward and Doris Harrison 


Morgan's father died when he was just 12 years old, 
and as a result of this, it was up to him and his mother to 
run the farm in Lapoint. When he was very young, he 
contacted spinal-meningitis. This left him with a stuttering 
impeachment. However, he nearly out grew this infliction 
by the time he became a grown man. 

During the depression years of the 30’s, life was hard 
for Morgan and his mother on the farm. Money was short 
and work was hard to get. It became necessary for him to 
join the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). It was during 
this time in 1936 he met Doris Bowden and on July 30, 
1942, they were married. The marriage was later 
solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on October 15, 1962 
accompanied by his sister, Zina. 

Five children were born to this marriage, Morgan 
Wayne, Joan, Trent Charles, David Ward and Yvonne. 

After Morgan returned from duty with the U.S. Army 
and World War II, he went to work for Kennecott Copper 
Mine Co. in the Bingham Canyon, Utah, where he was 
working at the time of his death in 1978. 

While working in Bingham Canyon, in the year of 
1950, he had both legs broken and was in the hospital for 
over 6 months and out of work for over a year. A large 
rock rolled down the hill in the open pit mine, hitting both 
legs. i 

Morgan was a quiet, gentle and sensitive man. Easy 
going and a very congenial person. He had a great sense of 
humor and loved life. He was very fond of the outdoors 
and loved to go fishing. A good provider, good husband 
and father. He would never let a bill go unpaid. He also 
never liked to argue. When an argument ensued, he would 
leave the house and when he returned he would throw his 
htri in and always said, “If it doesn’t come out, it is safe to 
go back into the house.” 

Morgan was a volunteer fireman for the City of 
Kearns for 15 years. Active in the LDS church, served as a 
teacher in Junior Sunday School. His hobbies included 
playing the organ. 

His sons, Wayne and Trent both served in the 
Vietnam War in the U.S.Army. Wayne is now a fireman 






and Trent is a Doctor of Chiropractic medicine. Joan is 
married, as well as Yvonne, and David is folliwing in his 
father's footsteps by working for Kennecott Copper in 
Bingham Canyon. Joan also served on a Stake Mission for 
the LDS Church. 

In December of 1977, while eating, he choked on a 
peice of meat lodged in his throat. He was rushed to the 
hospital and while the doctors were removing the ob¬ 
struction, they penetrated the lower part of the Esophagus 
and because of this, he contacted yellow jaundice and 
other complications and died of liver failure, January 29, 
1978. 

MORGAN WAYNE HARRISON 

Morgan Wayne Harrison was born May 3, 1943 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah to Morgan Ward and Doris Bowden 
Harrison. He spent his early days in Lapoin where he and 
his family lived at grandmother Harrison home. After his 
father returned from the Army the family moved to 
Bingham Canyon then later to Kearns. 

Wayne went to Elemenatry and High School in 
Kearns. 

Wayne was called to serve a two year mission for the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1962-64. 

Went in the army and when he was home on leave he 
met his wife Giorgene Tipton at a church dance. After he 
was released from the Army they started dating. 

They were married in the Salt Lake Temple August 
28, 1970. A year later their first child Travis Wayne was 
born September 5, 1971. Two years later Aliceson was 
born September 5, 1973. Two years later they were blssed 
with Cameron Wayne, December 29, 1975. Three years 
later they had Wendie, December 15, 1978. 

They enjoy working in the church service holding 
many positions in the Primary, Sunday School and 
Priesthood. 

They live in Magna, Utah. Wayne still works for the 
Salt Lake County Fire Dept. 

They have a nice new home. 

JOANN HARRISON 

Jo Ann Harrison was born August 30, 1944 to Morgan 
Ward and Doris Bowden Harrison in Vernal, Utah. I lived 
with my folks in Vernal and Lapoint. When I was three the 
family moved to Bingham Canyon, Utah where my father 
worked for Kennecott Copper Co. We lived there until I 
was ten 1954 we moved to Kearns, Ut., where I lived until 
I was married to Karwin Koyle Smith, April 17,1965 in the 
Manti LDS Temple. 

I have been active in our church. Was a Primary 
teacher at age 16, M.I.A. secretary. Inservice leader. 
Primary President, Sunday School teacher, Stake and 
Ward Dance Director, Spiritual living teacher and work in 
the Relief Society. 

I served a Stake Mission, 1962-64. October 15, 1962, 
Mom and dad went to the Logan Temple were married for 
time and eternity and all of us kids were sealed to them. 


At the present time I am living in Farmington, New 
Mexico, where my husband is the manager of a con¬ 
venience store (7-11), where I work with him. 

We have six children, Carrie Ann and Cherrie Ann 
(twins) born April 13, 1967, Curtis Lynn bom Jan. 29, 1969, 
Kieth Drawin born February 1970, Linda Doreen bom 
August 12, 1972 and Jonathan Koyle born August 1974, 
they were all bom at Granger, Salt Lake, Utah. 

The four oldest have been baptized. They were all 
bom under the Covenant. 

My talents and hobbies are sewing and reading, 
making different things, I play the piano, and leam new 
things. 

TRENT CHARLES HARRISON 

Trent Charles Harrison bom December 3, 1946 at 
Bingham Canyon, Ut. To Morgan Ward and Doris 
Bowden Harrison. We lived at Bingham Canyon until I 
was 8, the family moved to Keams, here I finished grade 
school and high school. I was in athletics, was listed by 
sports department of our high school as Outstanding 
Athlete of the year of 1965. I became an Eagle Scout and 
received my Duty to God Award. 

In 1962 our family went to the Logan Temple. Dad 
and mother were married and sealed and their children 
were sealed to them. Wayne became an Elder for his 
mission. 

I served three years in the army and was stationed in 
Barben Hausen, Germary 1966-1969. 

When I returned from the Army I went to Brigham 
Young University for two years 1970-1972. Then to 
Portland, Oregon from 1972-1976 and became Doctor 
Chiropractic D.C. combined trained in Kineaiology and 
Achupuncture. My profession is Chiropractor and my 
office is in Murray, Utah and my home is in Taylorsville, 
Utah from 1977. 

My church service. Elders Quorum Presidency, 
M.I.A. Presidency, scout master, quorum adviser, Sunday 
School teacher. 

I met my wife in Hawaii, I went there after the army 
to visit a friend when I came home, there I met Beverly 
Atwood, who was with her folks in Hawaii for the summer. 
She was working in the pineapple canning factory. We saw 
each other at BYU that fall. We married in the Idaho Falls 
Temple 13, August 1971. Our children have been bom 
under the Covenant. 

Patrick Trent. 26 May 1972, Twin Falls, Idaho. 

Eric J., 14, November 1973, Portland, Oregon. 

Trinda Kay, 13 November 1976, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Heidi Doris, 13 March 1978, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Jay Morgan, 10 August, 1979, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Our two oldest boys are interested in sports as was 
their father, they are on soccer team with dad their coach. 

YVONNE HARRISON LINNUM 

Yvonne Harrison born 3 October 1956, Murray, Ut. 
to Morgan Ward and Doris Bowden Harrison. 

Married Tony Linnum February 1973, Keams, Utah, 
Divorced. Daughter Brandy Lynn bom July 21-22-1973. 




Uintah, Utah. Married August 1928 in Craig, Colorado. 
Died Sept. 19, 1967 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Father, 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray, and mother, Rachel Ellen 
Merkley. 

Wife, Luella Eunice Meineke, bom Sept. 12, 1910 in 
Shannon Co. Missouri. Father, George Washington 
Meineke, and mother, Mary Arphenie Pankey. 

Children: 

Mary Ellen Murray, born July 13, 1929 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Married Oct. 7, 1949. 

Peggy Ann Murray, born Sept. 13, 1932, in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Married June 24, 1956. 

Donald Fred Murray, bom May 12, 1934, in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Married Sept. 1955. 

Sarah Elizabeth Murray, born May 4, 1939 in 
DeBeque, Mesa, Colorado. Married June 19, 1960. 

James Henry Murray, bom 17, 1941 in DeBeque, 
Mesa, Colorado. Married July 6, 1964. 

Nelson Ivan Murray grew up in Maeser Utah and 
attended the Maeser School. Rode horse back. He lost his 
mother at the age of fourteen years. From this time on 
Ivan grew to be more self reliant and he helped with the 
herding of his father’s sheep. 

On Aug. 1, 1928, he married Luella Meineke of Craig 
Colo. They raised five very fine children and were so 
proud of them. Luella and Ivan were kind and 
beneovelant people always ready to share what they had. 

Ivan worked in the alfalfa seed mill for a long period 
of time, and contacted emphazemia. He moved south for a 
milder climate and settled in Ardmore Oklahoma. Luella 
worked at the hospital and later trained to become a 
nurse. Ivan died Sept. 19, 1967. 


JEREMIAH HATCH MURRAY 


Jeremiah Hatch Murray, born April 2, 1878, in 
Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, to Mary Ashby and 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray. Married Rachel Ellen Merkley 
Feb. 2,1902. There were seven children bom to them: 

1. Nelson Ivan Murray, born Nov. 11, 1903. Died 
Sept. 19, 1967. 

2. Margaret Murray, bom March 10, 1905. Died April 
10, 1905. 

3. Merle Murray, born Sept. 26, 1906. 

4. Milton Hatch Murray, bom March 3, 1908. Died 
Sept. 27, 1972. 

5. Lile Glen Murray, born August 19, 1910. 

6. Nile J. Murray, bom Jan. 12, 1915. 

7. Leila Ellen Murray, bom March 26, 1917. 
Jeremiah was baptized April 11, 1967. His temple 

work has been done. Endowments September 7, 1967, 
sealed March 24, 1970. Jeremiah died Feb. 2, 1958. 


NELSON IVAN MURRAY 




Rachel and Hatch Murray 


J 


212 


Nelson Ivan Murray, bom Nov. 11, 1903 in Vernal, 






MICHAEL IVAN SCHWAB 



Earnest Rae and Mary Ellen Murray Schwab and family 
MARY ELLEN MURRAY SCHWAB 


Mary Ellen Murray Schwab, born to Ivan Nelson and 
Luella Meinekie Murray, July 13, 1929, at Craig Colo. 
Married Ernest Schwab Oct. 7, 1949. To this union three 
sons were bom, Ernest Rae Schwab III, bom July 19, 
1950, married May 14, 1974 to Patty Ann Milspaugh. 
Michael Ivan Schwab, bom March 3, 1952, married June 
30, 1974 to Connie Davis. Jon Marc Schwab, born October 
20, 1962. 

God has given me three good boys and I am very 
thankful for them they appear to be good citizens who will 
contribute to society. My two boys, married now, each 
have a good education and they worked and studied to 
make themselves self reliant. They each have a lovely wife 
and we have a wonderful grandson. Our youngest son is a 
junior in high school. He has not chosen a life vocation 
yet. Time will take care of that decision. 



Jon Marc, Ernie, Mary Ellen, grandson Michael Ivan, Vaughn 
and Connie Dee. 


ERNEST ROE SCHWAB IH 

Ernest Roe Schwab HI, bom July 19, 1950, to Ernest 
Roe Jr., and Mary Ellen Murray Schwab, at Denver Colo., 
married May 14, 1974. Ernie has been working on a 
doctorate at Notre Dame in neuro physiology senssory. He 
has finished the class work and lacks only the research, 
plans to work a year or so before he finishes. 



Michael Ivan Schwab, born May 3, 1952, in Lincoln, 
Nelj>. to Ernest Roe and Mary Ellen Murray Schwab. 
Married June 30, 1974, to Connie Dee Davis. A son was 
bom to them April 11, 1977. He was named Michael 
Vaugn Schwab. 

Mike has a B.A. in nursing. He worked for two years 
then went back to school to take Anesthesia. He worked 
at Fort Worth as an R.N. anesthetist. 


Peggy Ann and Clarence Wm. Terry, Julia Ann, Murray Lance, 
Michael William. 


PEGGY ANN MURRAY TERRY 

Peggy Ann Murray Terry, born Sept. 13, 1932 in 
Craig, Colo, to Ivan Nelson and Luella Meineke Murray. I 
married Clarence W. Terry, bom Dec. 24, 1929, we were 
married June 24, 1956, in Jackson Hole Wyo. 

The following children were born from this marriage: 
Julia Ann Terry, born Oct. 14, 1957, Sheridan, Wyo.; 
Murray Lance Terry, bom May 1, 1959, Sheridan Wyo.; 
Michael William Terry, born April 25, 1961, Sheridan 
Wyo. 

Julia Ann married Paul Joseph Gilbert Sept. 8, 1979. 
Clarence has worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Co. for 
33 years all in the state of Wyoming. 

DONALD FRED MURRAY 

Donald Fred Murray, bom May 12, 1934 in Craig, 
Moffat Co., Colo., to Luella Meineke and Ivan Murray. 


213 





Fred and Jody Lynn seated, wife Mary Ann Mac, and Ronald 
Janies. 

Married Mary Ann Brinley Sept. 10, 1955. They have had 


two children born to them: 

1. Donald James, bom Aug. 31, 1956. 

2. Jody Lynn, bora Nov. 1, 1964. 



Sarah (Beth) and Milford Iron, Jackie, Tammy, Thomas. 


SARAH ELIZABETH (BETH) MURRAY 

Sarah Elizabeth (Beth) Murray, bora May 4, 1939, at 
the home of her parents, Nelson Ivan and Luella Eunice 
Murray, at DeBeque, Colorado. 

Education was in the DeBeque Public School system. 
Graduated in 1957. Attended Union College in Lincoln, 


Nebraska for one year. In Lincoln, she met Milford (Mel) 
Grant Irons, a native of Tuttle, North Dakota. He has a 
B.S. in Business Management and is now an accountant. 
They were married in the College View Seventh-day 
Adventist Church, Lincoln Nebraska, June 19, 1960. 

They have three children: Tamy Gale, born December 
8, 1960, in Seattle, Wesh., is a freshman in Southwestern 
College in Keene, Texas. Next year she will change 
colleges as she wants to major in Floriculture and 
Horiticulture and minor in business. Tamy Gale has 
ambitions of becoming a florist and opening her own shop. 

Jacquline Sue, bora October 23, 1962, in Seattle, 
Wash., is a junior at Dakota Adventist Academy, a 
boarding high school at Bismark, North Dakota. Her 
ambition is to become an elementary school teacher, 
hopefully, a first and second grade teacher. 

Thomas George, born August 14, 1970 at Beeville, 
Texas, is in the third grade so his ambition is to be in the 
fourth grade. He is a good little boy and is a very quiet 
child, much more quiet than the girls were. 

In September 1974 the family moved to Jamestown, 
North Dakota where Mel accepted the position as 
Assistant Treasurer and Accountant for the state 
headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventists. Beth is 
working in the legal department of the same place. 



James, Jerry, Jerold, Jon Timothy, James Allen. 


JAMES HENRY MURRAY 

James Henry Murray, born Jan. 17, 1941 in DeBeque, 
Colo., to Luelle Meineke and Ivan Murray. Married Jerry 
Frances Jane Hayes July 6, 1964. There have been three 
children bom to them: 

1. James Allen, bom Sept. 25, 1965. 

2. Jon Timothy, bora March 3, 1967. 

3. Jerald Nelson, bora Dec. 14, 1969. 


214 









MERLE MURRAY OAKES 

Merle Murray Oaks, bora to Jeremiah Hatch and 
Rachel Ellen Merkley Murray, on Sept. 26, 1906, in 
Vernal, Utah. Married Aug. 22, 1923 to Lindsay Oaks, 
born April 6, 1903 in Vernal, Utah. 

Children: ) 

Vera, bom Jan. 21, 1925, in Vernal, Utah. 

Sarah Glenna, born Dec. 1,1931 in Vernal, Utah. 

Rachel Ellen, bom May 12,1934 in Vernal, Utah. 

Oaks Jackie, born June 25, 1939 in Vernal Utah, died 
June 25, 1939. 

Katherine Jean, bora July 30, 1940 in Vernal Utah. 

Lindsay died June 6, 1977. Merle lives in their home, 
she gardens and keeps a nice yard and enjoys her grand¬ 
children. She works in the Utah Field House eight hours a 
day at age 74 years. 



Hatch Murray with granddaughter Vera Oaks. 


VERA OAKS 

Vera Oaks, born Jan. 21, 1925 in Vernal, Uintah 
County, Utah, to Merle Murray and Lindsay Oaks. 
Married Robert Lile Hunting. There were two children 
born to them: 

1. Lila Hunting, born July 26, 1941. 

2. Bob Lindsay Hunting, bom Sept. 13, 1942. 

Divorced. Vera married Thomas Maurice Gass. 

SARAH GLENNA OAKS 

Sarah Glenna Oaks, bora Dec. 1, 1931, to Lindsay 
and Merle Murray Oaks, in Vernal, Utah. Married Joe B. 
Murray, Dec. 29, 1947, bora July 8, 1926 to Cecil Ward 
and Nora Dahling Murray in Denver Colo. 

They had three children: 

Joe B. Murray, born Aug. 14, 1950, in Vernal, Utah. 

Mary Jane Murray, born May 15, 1960, in Vernal, 
Utah. 

Cecil Bart Murray, born July 1, 1961 in Vernal, Utah. 

Glenna Oaks Murray, bora and raised in Vernal, 
Utah. Attended school in Maeser and graduated from 


Uintah High School. Married Joe B. Murray Dec. 29, 1949. 
The parents of Jody, Jane, and Bart. They are the owners 
and operators of Intermountain Concrete Co. 

JOE B. MURRAY 

Joe B. Murray, Jr., bora Aug. 14, 1950, to Joe B. and 
Sarah Glenna Oaks Murray at Vernal, Uintah Co., Utah. 
Married Oct. 9, 1970 to Judy Campbell, born Aug. 7, 1951 
at Roosevelt, Duchesne Co., Utah to Darwood LeRoy and 
Verda Richardson Campbell. 

Children: 

Janeen Murray, born April 2, 1971 in Vernal, Utah. 

Juleena Murray, born Aug. 26, 1972, in Vernal, Utah. 

Jennifer Murray, bora March 29, 1974, in Vernal, 
Utah. 

Curg C. Murray, born Aug. 1, 1976, in Vernal, Utah. 

MARY JANE MURRAY 

Mary Jane Murray, bom May 15, 1958, to Joe B. and 
Sarah Glenna Oaks Murray, in Vernal, Uintah County, 
Utah. Married Ronald Albert Guffey, May 4, 1979, bom 
to Albert and Bette Dean Guffey, Jr., Nov. 26, 1958. 

Mary Jane Murray, named after my great¬ 
grandmother, Mary Jane Hansen Murray. I have lived my 
entire life in Vernal and graduated from Uintah High 
School. Married Ron Guffey in May of 1979. Ron is not a 
native of Vernal. His family moved to Vernal in 1972, 
from Wyoming. They originated from Arkansas. Ron also 
graduated from Uintah High. Currently we are both 
working. Ron is employed with Daily Oil Tools and I am 
employed for my father at Intermountain Concrete. We 
are expecting our first child in August. A girl, named 
Markell was born Sept. 3, 1980. 

RACHEL ELLEN OAKS 

Rachel Ellen Oaks, born May 12, 1934, to Lindsay 
and Merle Murray Oaks, in Vernal, Uintah County, Utah. 
Married April 9, 1955, to Wm. Porter Phillips, born June 
25, 1932, to Homer Marshall and Gladys Price Phillips. 

They had four children: 

Patty Phillips, bom Jan. 16, 1956 in Vernal, Utah. 

Wm. Porter, born May 21, 1957 in Vernal, Utah. 

Michael Lindsay, born Feb. 24, 1959 in Vernal, Utah. 

Mitchell Homer, born Feb. 13, 1960 in Vernal Utah. 

PATTY PHILLIPS 

Patty Phillips, born Jan. 16, 1956, to Wm. Porter and 
Rachel Ellen Oaks Phillips in Vernal, Utah. Married 
George E. Long in the LDS Salt Lake Temple on August 
19, 1976. George was born April 19, 1952, to George 
Emery and Violet Reva Gardener Long, in Vernal, Utah. 

They have two little boys: 

Cody Jay Long, born Sept. 4, 1978 in Roosevelt 
Duchesne County, Utah. 

Ryan Porter Long, bora June 14, 1980, in Roosevelt 
Duchsene County, Utah. 


215 






vfijimmir 


Terry Lynn and Shana Hadlock, Son Darrell Lynn 


Lane and Enrita Hadlock 


MITCHELL HOMER PHILLIPS 


Mitchell Homer Phillips, bom to William Porter and, 
Rachel Ellen Oaks Phillips, Feb. 13, 1960, in Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah. Grew up in Vernal and graduated 
from Uintah High School. Married Michelle Day, April 
25, 1980. 


Todd and Debra Hadlock 
TODD C. HADLOCK 
Todd C. Hadlock, bom Nov. 28, 1961 to Terry J. and 


MICHAEL LINDSAY PHILLIPS 

Michael Lindsay Phillips, born Feb. 24, 1959, to 
William Porter and Rachel Ellen Oaks Phillips in Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah. Married Sally Lee Howard, Dec. 12, 
1978. She was bom Oct. 20, 1959, to Paul and Bonnie 
Belcher Howard. William Michael Phillips was bom June 
3, 1980 in Vernal, Uintah County, Utah. 


Utah. Baptized Feb. 5, 1966. Married Aug. 3, 1977 in the 
Provo Temple to Shanna Lee Lance, bom April 22, 1958, 
in American Fork, Alpine County, Utah, to Darrell Del 
and Lanore Johnson Lance. Baptized April 30, 1966. 

Children: Darrell Lynn Hadlock, bom July 11, 1978 at 
Roosevelt, Utah; Lindsay Ann, bom Dec. 11, 1980. 


JEAN OAKS 


Jean Oaks, born July 30, 1940, in Vernal, Uintah 
County, Utah, to Merle Murray and Lindsay Oaks. 
Married Terry J. Hadlock Feb. 9, 1957. There have been 
five children born to them: 

1. Terry Lynn, bom Sept. 10, 1957. 

2. Lane, bom April 2, 1960. 

3. Todd C., bom Nov. 28, 1961. 

4. Holly, bom Aug. 10, 1968. 

5. Stacy, born March 22, 1972. 


LANE HADLOCK 


Lane Hadlock, bom April 2, 1960 in Vernal, Utah to 
Terry J. and Katherin Jean Oaks Hadlock. Baptized July 6, 
1968. Married Enrita Ence, July 14, 1978 in the LDS St. 
George Temple. They are making their home in Ivan, 
Utah. 


TERRY LYNN HADLOCK Katherine Jean Oaks Hadlock in Vernal, Utah. Baptized 

May 30,1970 in Vernal, Utah. Married Debra Gross, bom 
TerTy Lynn Hadlock, bom Sept. 10, 1957, to Terry J. Nov. 28, to Norma Jean and Earl Gross. As of now, Feb. 

and Katherin Jean Oaks Hadlock, Vernal, Uintah County, 11, 1980, they are living in Vernal. 


2 











Commissioner Brush Creek and Burns Bench Canal. 

Penny and wife Rin have enjoyed their family 
through the years and have had many fun occasions like 
going fishing. They take a wheel chair for their mother 
“Rin' who has arthritis, and fishes from the chair on the 
bank and very often catches more fish than anybody. They 
moved to town, so Penny drives to the ranch daily. They 
both enjoy living near the girls in town and the grand¬ 
children. 


MILTON HATCH MURRAY 


Milton Hatch Murray, born March 3, 1908 to 
Jeremiah Hatch and Rachel Ellen Merkley Murray in 
Vernal, Uintah County Utah. Married Bertha Redmand, 
born March 22, 1918. 

A child, Richard Clyde, was born to them on Nov. 14, 
1928. A seaman, Richard was aboard the ship Badger 
State carrying two thousand pound bombs to Viet Nam. 
The ship was sunk during a heavy storm on the morning of 
Dec. 26, 1969. There were only four survivors. He went 
into the sea. 

Milton divorced Bertha Redmand. Milton married 
Marie Murray, bom May 22, 1918. 

Milton, rancher and stockman, lived in Meeker Colo. 
Later he retired and they moved to Vernal. Milton’s health 
was failing and he died Sept. 27, 1972. 


MERIEL C. MURRAY 


Meriel C. Murray, bom Feb. 26, 1933, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Marinda Hall and Lyle Glenn Murray. 
Married Rulon C. Hacking (Jude) Dec. 8, 1950. There 
were five children bom to them: 

1. Mitchell Rulon Hacking, born May 22, 1952. 

— 2. Susan Jan Hacking, born Aug. 10, 1953. L - 
p. Rodney Cole Hacking, bom May 3, 1955. -j-'l 
■o 4. Shara Vera Hacking, born Aug. 23, 1960. 

— “ p. Sonya Marlend Hacking, bom May 24, 1967. 
Divorced. Married Melvin Peterson. 


MITCHELL RULON HACKING 


Mitchell Rulon Hacking, bom May 22, 1952, in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah, to Meriel C. Murray and Rulon C. 
Hacking. Married Lisa Jacobsen, Dec. 1, 1978. 


JOSEPH GLENN MURRAY 


Joseph Glenn Murray, born Sept. 14, 1934, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Marinda Hall and Lyle Glenn Murray. 
Married Patricia Jones in Nov. of 1951. There have been 
five children bom to them: 0 ■ 

1. Joseph Glenn Murray, born June 28, 1952. 

. (2. Michael Lance Murray, born Aug. 8, 1954. 11 - 

\ B. Randall Lane Murray, born Sept. 30, 1959. 

(4. Kenneth Scott Murray, born June 27, 1961. 

5. Ralaine Murray, bom Feb. 17, 1974. 

Ralaine was born to Joseph Glenn and LaRaine E. 
Hatch, his second wife. 


Glen and Marinda Hall Murray Family. 


CP" LYLE GLENN MURRAY J 


Lyle Glenn Murray, bom August 19, 1910, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Rachel Ellen Murray and Jeremiah Hatch 
Murray. Married Marinda Hall, May 15, 1932. There were 
ten children bom to them:^- jh'hnv CkV--'*' 

1. Meriel C. Murray, bom-Feb. 26, 1933. ~ 1 

2. Joseph Glenn Murray, bom Sept. 14, 1934. —"JOyt 

3. Robert Orson Murray, bora July 7, 1936. “ CLca- 
L'\-- 4. Billy Dan Murray, bom Nov. 21, 1939.— o-.- 

' 5. Betty Ann Murray, born Nov. 21, 1939. 

5 6. David L. Murray, born July 29, 1944. 

7. Deanna Murray, bom July 29, 1944. 

8. Saralyn Murray, born May 15, 1946.-'’''' 

9. Lyla Marinda Murray, bom Feb. 11, 1951. 


JOSEPH GLENN MURRAY, JR 


Joseph Glenn Murray, Jr., born June 28, 1952, in 
Vernal, Uintah Co., Utah, to Patricia Jones and Joseph 
Glenn Murray. Married Barbara Merkley Sept. 17, 1970. 
There have been two children bom to them: 

1. Julia Gae, bom April 19, 1971. 

2. Rebeca Jane, bom March 5, 1973. 


10. Mary Elizabeth Murray, bom Oct. 1, 1954. 

Lyle Glenn Murray (Penny), the first farm I bought MICHAEL LANCE MURRAY 


was in Maeser where we lived until 1950. I sold my home 
and some of my land and we moved to Jensen, where I 
bought Elmer Snow’s ranch cattle and grazing permits. 

I was on the BLM Advisory Board, and State Board, 
4-H Club leader, Fair Grounds Board Stock Show 
Committee, president of the Burton Ditch, and Water 


Michael Lance Murray, bom Aug. 8, 1954, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Patricia Jones and Joseph G. Murray. 
Married Rose Marie Ortega March 4, 1977. 

They have had one child born to them: Michael 
Lance Jr., bom July 16, 1978. 


217 






RANDALL LANE MURRAY 


Randall Lane Murray, born Sept. 30, 1959, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Patricia Jones and Joseph G. Murray. 
Married Lory Johnson, -vl^- '15' 

They have had one child born to them: Jason R. 
Murray, bom Dec. 22, 1978. -n ''. j 


MARY ELIZABETH MURRAY 


Mary Elizabeth Murray, born Oct. 1, 1954, to 
Marinda Hall and Lyle Glenn Murray, in Vernal, Uintah 
Co., Utah. Married Levi Jay Smuin July 11, 1970. They 
have had three children born to them: ,, r 

1. Lisa Ann Smuin, born Jan. 1, 1971. V " T 

2. Sherry Lynn Smuin, bom Jan. 5, 1973. z . 

3. Levi Doyle Smuin, born Sept. 23, 1975. 


ROBERT (BOB) ORSON MURRAY, M.D. ' 
Robert (Bob) Orson Murray, M.D., bom July 7, 1936 
in Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, to Marinda Hall and Lyle 
Glenn Murray. Married Mary Ann Nickles June 8, 1963. 

They have had one child born to them: Christopher 
Dale Murray, born March 2, 1964. 


BILLY DAN MURRAY 


Billy Dan Murray, bom Nov. 21, 1939, to Marinda 
Hall and Lyle Glenn Murray. Married Elizabeth Hatch on 
July 23,1960. There were two children bora to them: 

1. Pennie Ann Murray, born Oct. 16, 1963. , 

2. Gary Dan Murray, born Dec. 19, 1966. 


DAVID L. MURRAY 


David L. Murray, bom July 29, 1944, in Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah, to Marinda Hall and Lyle Glenn 
Murray. Married Mardean Lamb, July 29, 1966. There 
have been five children born to them: 

- 1. Troy David Murray, born March 3, 1967. 
p2. Brian O. Murray, bom Dec. 14, 1969. 

-3. Kent Russell Murray, bom Feb. 16, 1971. 

' -4. Dean Murray, born March 12, 1977. Died March 

12 , . * 

5. Deana Murray, bom March 12, 1977. ’7-"^’ 
Second Wife; Married Margo Eliason March 15, 
1980. Son Trevor Phillip bom Sept. 8, 1980. 


Back, Linda, Floyd. Nedra. Front, Peggy, Nile and Amanda 
Murray. 

NILEJ. MURRAY 


Nile J. Murray, bom Jan. 12, 1915, in Vernal, Uintah 
County, Utah, to Rachel Ellen Merkley and Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray. Married Amanda Elmira Barmettler Sept. 
12, 1933. There were seven children born to them: 

1. Nyla Joan, bom Sept. 1, 1934. .Died Jan. 2, 1935. 

2. Nedra Jeanne, bom Nov. 26, 1935. 

3. Arthur Floyd, bom May 4, 1939. 

4. Larry Gale, bom Feb. 4, 1944. Died May 24, 1944. 

5. Judy Sandra, bom July 23, 1945. Died May 9, 1947. 

6. Linda Diane, born April 28, 1948. 

7. Peggy Lynne, bom July 12, 1951. 

Nile was a small boy, two years old when his mother 
died leaving a tiny new baby girl, Ellen, and five children 
for their father. Merle was ten years old when Grandma 
Murray moved in with them. Uncle Nelson Merkley and 
wife Kate took baby Ellen and kept her. Grandma Murray 
moved in with them and cared for all of them. Loving 
chre. 

Nile’s father married Olive Reader and she was good 
to them. Grandma moved back into her own little-home 
again. When the older children married, Nile liked to stay 
with them. He met Amanda Elmira Barmettler and they 
married Dec. 9, 1933. 

Nile was looking for a farm. When he heard about the 
Willemette Valley in Oregon he went to see it and moved 
his family up there. They lived in Lebanon Oregon. 

Nile heard about the Black Canyon in Idaho, a good 


DEANNA MURRAY 


Deanna Murray, bom July 29,1944, in Vernal, Uintah 
County, Utah, to Marinda Hall and Lyle Glenn Murray. 
Married Ralph Kent McCurdy (Snurd) March 13, 1963. 
There have been three children bom to them: 

1. Nanette McCurdy, born Sept. 10, 1963. 

' 2. Torr Kent McCurdy, born May 19, 1965. 

3. Michael Dale McCurdy, bom Dec. 20, 1969. 


SARALYN MURRAY 


Saralyn Murray, born May 15, 1946, in Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah, to Marinda Hall and Lyle Glenn 
Murray. Married Raymond Carl Staley June 13, 1964. 

There has been one child born to them: Brandi Lynn 
Staley, bom April 1, 1976. 


LYLA MARINDA MURRAY 

.. .. 


Lyla_Marinda Murray, born Feb. 11, 1951, in Vernal 









Nile and Geneva M. Murray 


near his daughters and died, Oct. 27, 1976. 


Richard and Kathy Ransom, Sabrena, Chad, Michael 


project, new land to farm but not what Nile was looking 
for. He heard that the Columbia basin project was 
opening, he went to Moses Lake and took the sage brush 
off the land, and planted hundreds of acres of nice fresh 
green crops, vegetables for the market. 

He knew what he wanted. He knew how to the farm 
the land. He retired from-the farm in 1967 and Amanda 
died the same year. He took his youngest daughter Peggy 
and they moved to Prospect Ore. to live. He met and 
married Geneva Andreson Jan. 31, 1968. She died in May 
1974. After her death he did some deep sea fishing and in 
1976 his health failing, he moved to Pasco Wash, to be 


NEDRA JEANNE MURRAY 


Nedra Jeanne Murray, bom Nov. 26, 1935, in Craig, 
Moffat Co., Colorado, to Amanda Elmira Barmettler and 
Nile J. Murray. Married Garland Henry Ransom Dec. 2, 
1951. There were five children born to them: 

1. Garla Jeanne, bom Feb. 7, 1952. 

2. Garland Richard, bom March 18, 1954. 

3. George Vernon, bom May 31, 1956. 

4. Rex Karl, bom Nev. 13, 1959. 

5. Karen Marie, bom Jan. 25, 1962. 


GARLA JEANNE RANSOM 


Garla Jeanne Ransom, born February 7, 1952 in 
Moses Lake, Washington to Nedra Murray and Garland 


Luis, Jeanne and Joseph Rodriquiz 


Back, Jeanne, Richard, Vernon. Front Karl, Karen, Nedra and 
Garland Ransom. 


219 











Ransom. She married Luis Ramon Rodriquez on June 15, 
1973 in Forrestville, Maryland. They lived in Maryland 
until January 1976 and the n moved to Vellejo, California. 
Here a son, Luis R. Rodriquez was born on February 18, 
1976. 

Then they moved to Mexico City, Mexico and made 
their home from 1976 until December 1979. A second son, 
Joseph Edward Rodriquez was bom January 23, 1978 in 
Vallejo. They now reside in Pasco, Washington. 

GARLAND RICHARD RANSOM 


Garland Richard Ransom, born March 18, 1954 to 
Nedra Jeanne Ransome and Garland H. Ransom. Married 
Carolyn Angela Nelson, May 1975 in Pasco Wash. One 
child was born to Richard and Angela, Chad Richard 
Ransom November 1, 1975 in Richland Washington. 

In April 1976 Richard and Angela were divorced. On 
May 19, 1976 in Pasco, Washington, Richard married 
Kathy Marie Plumlee, born August 16, 1949 in Easter, 
California. To this union was born Sabrina Marie Ransom, 
April 15, 1970 Richland, Washington, and Michael John 
Ransom, Nov. 28, 1977, Kennewick, Washington. The 
family are now residing in Pasco, Washington. 



Arthur and Carolyn Sue Murray. David Lloyd, Daryl Lynne 
Denise LeAnne. 


ARTHUR FLOYD MURRAY 

. .thur Floyd Murray, bom May 4, 1939 in Lebanon 
Oregon, to Amanda Elmira Barmettler and Nile J. Murray. 


In the winter of 1946, we moved to Fruitland Idaho. 
In spring 1952, moved to Moses Lake Wash, where he 
graduated from high school in May, 1958. 

August 19, 1958, joined the U.S. Navy and met 
Carolyn Sue Jones. Carolyn was born in Little Rock, 
Polaski Co. Ark., to Albert and Leona Jones, May 16, 
1941. Caroline graduated from High School in May 1959 at 
Mayflower Ark. Arthur Floyd and Caroline Sue were 
married, on June 6, 1960, in North Little Rock, Ark. After 
a thirty day vacation, they made their home in Key West, 
Florida, where Arthur Floyd was stationed with the U.S. 
^lavy. 

In Feb. 1961 they moved to San Diego, where Arthur 
Floyd continued his military schooling. Jan. 1962 Arthur 
Floyd transferred to Holy Loch Dunoon Scotland, at¬ 
tached to the AFDB-7 Floating dry dock. Carolyn Sue 
awaited the birth of her first born at home with her 
parents. 

On August 19, 1962, Carolyn Sue gave birth to David 
Lloyd, in Little Rock Ark. at Murray A.F.B. In December 
die joined him in Scodand until May 1964, when they 
moved back to San Diego for seven months. In Nov. they 
again transferred to Bremerton Wash, until his discharge 
in May, 1965. 

A second son was bom in Moses Wash. March 2, 
1966. In Nov. the family moved to Mayflower Ark. Arthur 
worked in Sheet Metal Construction, and Carolyn Sue was 
in college for her nursing degree. Nov. 1974 he became 
disabled with three heart attacks. A year later Carolyn Sue 
accepted a position as Director of Nurses, in Russelville, 
Ark., and again we moved. 

Jan. 1976, Arthur Floyd again became ill again and 
had open heart surgery. May 10, 1977 they were blessed 
with a daughter, Denise Leanne. David Lloyd will 
graduate from High School in Russelville in May 1980, 
planning on a career in medicine. Darryl Lyn is attending 
jn. high and is undecided on a career. 

LINDA DIANE MURRAY SAUERS 

Linda Diane Murray Sauers, daughter of Nile Murray 
and Amanda Elmira Barmettler, bom April 28, 1948 in 
Ontario Oregon. 

I married Curtis Edward Sauers June 11, 1966 in 
Moses Lake Washington, and lived with my parents while 
Curt was in the Air Force and stationed in England. A year 
later we were joined in Dover Delaware, and spent the last 
year in the Air Force there. Curt was discharged and we 
moved to Silver Springs Maryland, where on Sept. 9, 1969 
our first son was bom and named Kevin Wayne and on 
Oct. 7, 1972 our second son was born and named Gary 
Lee, we loved our babies. 

We went to visit my father, and we realized that we 
were missing the west coast, and country style of life. We 
moved to Pasco Washington to be near my family, bought 
our first house at 1535 N. 17th Ave., where we are living. 

Curt is Chief Engineer of Maintenance, for Thun- 
derbird Red Lion Chain of Motels. I am a professional 
cake decorator and work part time in a shop here in 
Pisco. I love my work. 


220 









Curtis Edward and Linda Dean Murray, Sauers, Kevin, Gary. 

We are proud of our boys, Kevin, age ten is involved 
in Boy Scouts of America, and he studies hard. Gary, 
seven, does good in school and is counting the days till he 
can join his big brother in Scouting. Curt and I joined the 
boys in scouting as a family unit. We are proud of our boys 
and enjoy them very much. 

PEGGY LYNNE MURRAY BAKER 

Peggy Lynne was the last child born to Nile J. and 
Amanda E. Murray on July 12, 1951 in Nyssa Oregon. At 
the time of her birth her parents resided on a farm just 
across the Oregon border, in Fruitland, Idaho. 

The next fifteen years were spent with her parents 
living in Moses Lake, Washington, where they had moved 
to shortly after her birth. 

Another move took.place the spring of 1967. This 
time it was only her and her Father, for her Mother had 
just passed away. They moved to Prospect, a small 
mountain community in Oregon. 

The family was graciously blessed with a new member 
when her Father married Geneva Millard Andreson on 
January 31, 1968. Geneva had lived in the Prospect area 
all her life. 

Peggy graduated from Prospect High School in 1969 
then continued her education at Oregon Technical In¬ 
stitute in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Majoring in Dental 
Technology she graduated in 1971 with her associate 


LEILA ELLEN MURRAY 


Alvin Ray and Peggy Murray Baker. Ryan Dale Baker. 


degree as a certified dental assistant. 

While attending O.T.I. she met Alvin Ray Baker of 
Ontario, Oregon. Ray was majoring in Auto-Diesel 
Mechanics. The fall of 1971 he graduated with his 
Bachelors degree in Auto-Diesel Technology. 

March 18, 1972 Ray and Peggy were married in 
Ontario, Oregon where they were to make their home for 
the next three years. The spring of 1975 they moved across 
the Oregon border to Payette, Idaho into the home Ray 
had built for his family. 

On October 2, 1975, in Ontario, Oregon they were 
blessed with their first born, Ryan Dale. 

The last four and half years had shown to be happy 
ones and hope many more will be in their future. 


Leila Ellen Murray, bom March 26, 1917, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, to Rachel Ellen Merkley and Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray. Married Wilson Clair Fletcher. There were 
three children born to them: 

1. Wilson Lance Fletcher, bom Jan 1, 1938. 

2. Steven William Fletcher, bom Feb. 3, 1946. 

3. Michael Kent Fletcher, bom Feb. 3, 1946. 

Ellen wsas baptized Dec. 5, 1925. She has had her 

temple work done, endowments May 26, 1964, and sealed 
May 26, 1964. 






JOSEPH SMITH MURRAY FAMILY 


Joseph Smith and Lillian Davis Murray, June 20,1902. 

JOSEPH SMITH MURRAY 

Born June 19, 1880, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Baptized 
Sept. 15, 1901, endowed June 22, 1911, and sealed June 22, 
1911. Married June 20, 1902 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Died 
March 7, 1958 in Sacramento, Sacto, California, and was 
buried March 10, 1958 in Sacramento. Father, Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray, and mother, Mary Ashby. 

Wife, Mildred Lillian Davis, born June 23, 1884 in 
Morgan, Morgan, Utah. Baptized July 6, 1892 and en¬ 
dowed June 22, 1911. Died April 9, 1966 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, California, and was buried April 13, 1966 in 
Sacramento. Father, George Augustus Davis, and mother, 
Harriet Elizabeth Weaver. 

CHILDREN: 

Florabelle Murray, bom Dec. 27, 1903 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized March 3, 1912, endowed April 12, 
1977, and sealed to parents June 22, 1911. Married July 25, 

222 


1922 to (1) Gerald Odell Sprouse (div.), (2) Walter 
Wallace Hall, Jan. 14, 1945. 

George Augustus Murray, bom Sept. 10, 1905 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized April 11, 1967, endowed 
April 20, 1967, and sealed to parents June 22, 1911. 
Married Oct. 1932 to Gladys West (div.) (2) 1936 Margaret 
Knottingham. Died July 23, 1956. Baby Murray, 9 June, 
1907, Vernal, Uinta, Utah, died June 9, 1907. (3) Harriet 
Elizabeth Johnson, June 11, 1942. 

Mary Elizabeth Murray, April 19, 1909, Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah. Baptized June 9, 1919, endowed Oct. 28, 
1927, and sealed to parents June 22, 1911. Married Oct. 28, 
1927, William Olen Watkins died Jan. 4, 1964. 

Reva Lillian Murray, born Dec. 24, 1911, Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 28, 1935, endowed June 13, 
1962, BIC. Married April 14, 1933, Walter Ray Kintzley. 

Wanda Marie Murray, Nov. 9, 1918, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized April 2, 1927, BIC. Married Feb. 
11, 1934 to Carl Alva Langford. 

Donna Murray, Dec. 24, 1920, Rainbow, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized Jan. 1, 1929, BIC. Married March 13, 1938 
to Paul Edgar Hart. Died Oct. 21, 1975, baptized Jan. 1, 
1929, BIC. 

John Richard Murray, Dec. 29, 1922, Chandler, 
Mrcpa, Arizona. Baptized, Jan. 31, 1931, endowed Feb. 
15, 1948, BIC. Married, May 8, 1944, (1) Zanona Denny 
(div) (2) Virgie Marie Sjostrom. 

Joseph Smith Murray, raised by good parents to be 
ambitious, honest, truthful, tolerant and humble. Joe 
Murray had all of these attributes, he grew up and studied 
to become a school teacher. 


Joe and Lillie Murray 1952 




















He married Mildred Lillian Davis, a former student. 
They taught these same principles to their children and to 
all of the little children that were in his classes. 

Joe and Lillie were generous. Their home was always 
open to anybody in need, and many people were sheltered 
under their roof. They both loved children, and had 
seventeen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. 
Lillie lived to see five great-great-grandchildren. 

As I write this, June 19, 1980, Joseph would be one 
hundred years old today. They were both active in church. 
Joe was ward clerk in Chandler, Ariz. He was always a 
ward teacher. He always was teaching a class in Sunday 
school and a class in priesthood meeting in Sacramento, 
California. He filled a stake mission among the Latin 
people. He was secretary in the Boy Scout committee for 
ten years or more, and was cited for accurate records and 
true. When they erected a new chapel, he put more hours 
on it than anybody else except the Foreman. 

He taught school for almost forty years, mostly small 
children. Lillie was Relief Society secretary and visiting 
teacher in Maeser Ward and also taught Primary Classes 
in Maeser. In Chandler, Ariz. she was Relief Society 
president for several years also worked with the Red Cross 
committee during WWII. She spent days at a time doing 
welfare nursing, and at that time Joe made a small wooden 
casket, the Relief Society padded it and put a pretty lining 
in it, and arranged an LDS service and buried the little 
child, in a grave paid for by the Red Cross. This was a 
migrant farm worker’s child. 

After Joe retired from the teaching he worked at 
McClellan Air Force Base for awhile until he was seventy 
years old, and retired to one of the most beautiful yards in 
Sacramento. Joseph died May 7, 1958. Lilly followed him 
in death April 9, 1966. 

GERALD ODELL SPROUSE 

Gerald Odell Sprouse, born June 29, 1901 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Married July 25, 1922 in Elko, Nevada. 
Father, Baylus Earl Sprouse, and mother, Elmina Pincard. 
Other wives: (2) Dorothy Spence. 

Wife, (1) Florabelle Murray, born Dec. 27, 1903 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized March 3, 1912 and en¬ 
dowed April 12, 1977. Father, Joseph Smith Murray, and 
mother, Mildred Lillian Davis. Other husband: (2) Walter 
Wallace Hall. 

Children: 

Geraldine Valora Sprouse, born July 29, 1923 in 
Carlin, Elko, Nevada. Baptized Feb. 6, 1932 and endowed 
Aug. 3, 1965. Married June 29, 1941 to Francis Lloyd 
Partin. 

Joe Baylus Sprouse, bom Feb. 12, 1826 in Delta, 
Millard, Utah. Married Feb. 20, 1947 to Susan Nadean 
Swindler. 

FLORABELLE MURRAY 

Florabelle Murray, bom Dec. 27, 1903, in Maeser, 
Utah, to Joseph Smith Murray. Married Gerald Odell 
Sprouse July 25, 1922, in Elko, Nev., later divorced. 



Walter Wallace and Flora Murray Hall. 


Married Walter Wallace Hall, Jan. 14, 1945 in Reno, Nev. 

I grew up and went to school in Maeser through 
eighth grade. I went to Chandler, Ariz., for my freshman 
year, lived with my Aunt Edith Sellers and her family. We 
lived in Dry Fork Canyon and it was hard to get to Vernal 
through the cold winters. Very few people drove cars in 
those days. 

I lived with Annie Morrison the next winter. I 
finished my schooling at the Uintah Academy and spent 
two years in Roosevelt, Utah and studied nursing under 
Dr. E.J. Morton and his wife I have nursed a great deal in 
my life. I have worked at the California Women’s State 
Prison when it was at Tehachapi , Calif., at the State 
Mental Hospital in Auburn Calif., for the Air Force at 
McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif. I worked 
in Montgomery Ward in the basement selling leather 
harnesses for horses; cream separaters, baby chickens, 
etc. Between these jobs I was always nursing. 

I have served my church in Primary, as a teacher, 
president, and stake teacher. In MIA as beehive leader 
and as a counselor. In Relief Society as secretary, quilt 
chairman, and visiting teacher. 

I had two very fine children and enjoyed them very 
much. Together we shot pollywogs with a BB gun, played 
ball, read to each other in bed, mostly the bible. We 
cooked, made dresses, picked berries, went fishing — Joe 
caught them, his sister cleaned them, and Joe usually ate 
them. 

They both married fine people. Geraldine married 
Frank Partin, and Joe married Nadean Swindler and in no 
time at all I was the grandmother of fourteen grand¬ 
children, almost forty great-grandchildren. Paul and his 
wife are expecting my first great-great-grandchild. I hope 
it is soon enough to be in this book. 

Meantime, I retired eleven years ago and moved to 
Vernal, Utah where I was born. I’m almost finished 
remodeling the old house and hope to have it done in time 
to sell it this fall and move back to Sacramento, with my 
posterity. I have enjoyed working with this book. Through 
your histories I have come to know all of you. I am proud 
to be a member of Jeremiah Hatch Murray family. I love 
each and every one of you. 


223 








FRANCIS LLOYD PARTIN 

Francis Lloyd Partin, bom July 21, 1921 in Traver, 
Tulare, California. Baptized April 2, 1949, endowed Aug. 
3, 1965 and sealed August 3, 1965 in Oakland. Married 
June 29, 1941 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. Father, Harvey 
Guy Partin, and mother, Hester Adaline Turpen. 

Wife, Geraldine Valora Sprouse, bora July 29,1923 in 
Carlin, Elko, Nevada. Baptized Feb. 6, 1932, endowed 
Aug. 3, 1965, and sealed Aug. 3, 1965 in Oakland. Father, 
Gerald Odell Sprouse, and mother, Florabelle Murray. 

Children: 

Francine Louise Partin, July 3, 1942, Techachapi, 
Kern, California. Baptized Aug. 5, 1950, endowed March 
10, 1973. Married August 13, 1960 to Paul Barnabas 
Ballenger. 

Thomas Gerald Partin, Aug. 23, 1943, Mojave, Kern, 
California. Baptized Sept. 1, 1951. Married May 1962 to 
Linda Louise Marlin (div) (2) Linda Kay West (Walker) 
marriage annulled (3) Jennifer Darlene Howdyshell, Sept. 
13, 1959 (div.) (4) Oct. 18, 1973 Susan C. Lucus. 

Janice Elaine Partin, Oct. 3, 1944, Sacramento, Sacto, 
California. Baptized Oct. 4, 1952. Married July 1, 1961 to 
Richard Atwood Hilligas. 

Dennis Lloyd Partin, April 7, 1946 Sacramento, 
Sacto, California. Baptized July 30, 1954. Married May 30, 
1969 to Deana Grace Carter. 

David Donald Partin, Dec. 8, 1947 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Baptized March 3, 1956. Married June 14, 
1969 to Yvonne Denise Cray. 

Carol Ann Partin, April 15, 1950, Sacramento, Sacto, 
Calif. Baptized May 3, 1958. Endowed July 39, 1971 and 
sealed to parents Aug. 3, 1965 in Oakland. Married Dec. 2, 
1967 to David Kent Mitchell. 

Frank Lee Partin, Dec. 23, 1951, Sacramento, Sacto, 
Calif. Baptized Aug. 6, 1960 and sealed to parents Aug. 3, 
1965. Married June 14, 1971 to Cathy Lynette Jones. 

Sandra Jean Partin, Feb. 24, 1954 in Placerville, 
Eldorado, California. Baptized June 30, 1962. Endowed 
Oct. 2, 1972. Sealed to parents Aug. 3, 1965 in Oakland. 
Married Dec. 30, 1972 to Timthy Lynn Thueson. 

Kathleen Marie Partin Nov. 26, 1956 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Baptized Dec. 3, 1964, endowed Feb. 15, 1975 
and sealed to parents Aug. 3, 1965 Oakland. Married Feb. 
15, 1975 to James Loren Christensen. 

Patricia Lynne Partin, May 15, 1959 in Placerville, 
Eldorado, Calif. Baptized June 3, 1967 and sealed to 
parents Aug. 3, 1965. Married Aug. 13, 1977 to Glen Paul 
Hatch. 

Geri Nadean Partin, July 26, 1961 in Placerville, 
Eldorado, Calif. Baptized Sept. 6, 1969, sealed to parents 
Aug. 3, 1965. Married Nov. 18, 1978 to Ivan John Sk- 
jersven. 

Teri Denise Partin, July 22, 1964, Placerville, 
Eldorado, Calif. Baptized Sept. 2, 1972 and sealed to 
parents Aug. 3, 1965 Oakland. 

GERALDINE VALORA SPROUSE PARTIN 

Geraldine Valora Sprouse Partin, oldest child of 
Florabelle Murray and Gerald Odell Sprouse, born in 

224 


Carlin, Nevada, and lived as a small child in Abraham, 
Utah, and grew up in Roseville, Calif. 

In 1940, my mother and I moved to Tehachapi, Calif. 
In June the following year, after graduating from high 
school, I married my favorite classmate , Frank Partin. 
We were later sealed in the Oakland Temple. We have 
twelve children. Our youngest daughter, Teri is fifteen, 
and is still living at home. Our granddaughter Monette 
Ballenger also makes her home with us. We just welcomed 
our thrity-seventh grandchild, and are looking forward to 
being great-grandparents in June. 

We have lived in Shingle Springs since 1951, and it 
has been a wonderful place to raise our family. My 
greatest joys in life have been children and music, and 
most of my church callings have been in these areas. I 
have worked in Primary most of my life, as choristor, 
secretary, teacher, and president. I have also enjoyed 
serving as ward chorister and choir director. Relief 
Society chorister and nursery leader, and as a Junior 
Sunday School teacher and coordinator. 

Frank was baptized in 1950. He has worked with Boy 
Scouts, served a stake mission, and spent several years as a 
counselor in Sunday School and the elder’s quorum. He is 
presently the ward librarian. He has been employed at 
Aerojet Corp. twenty eight years. 


Duane. Yvonne, Brenda, Clifford, Francine and Jim McAdow 
(insert) Monette Ballenger 







Robbie, Ricky, Janice, Dick, Ronda, Ronnie, Randy Hiliiges 


Denice, Sheila, Dave, Carol, Laurie. 


I was married to Richard Atwood Hilligas in 
Placerville, Calif. July 1, 1963. We have five children: 
Richard Glenn, born April 3, 1963; Robert Allen, born 
June 9, 1966; Ronald Gene, born Aug. 1, 1970; Rhonda 
Jean, born Oct. 25, 1972; all. born in Placerville, Calif. 
Randal Francis was born Oct. 18, 1975 in Lac La Biche, 
Alberta, Canada. 

My first love in church service has always been 
Primary. I have taught several classes as well as being 
chorister and secretary. In 1975, we immigrated to 
Wandering River, Alberta, Canada. In 1979, the 
missionaries came into our area, and we now hold Sunday 
School in Lac La Biche, on the stage of one of the schools. 

I really feel like a pioneer. We sit on hard wooden 
benches, and have no piano. Sometimes it is a challenge to 
teach a new song without music. I also teach the younger 
children. I am thankful we can travel the sixty miles to 
church by car instead of horse and buggy or on foot as my 
ancestors did. 

Dick works for Bow Valley Exploration as a com¬ 
pressor operator. We have made many good friends here 
in Wandering River, and our family loves the open spaces 
and the way of life in Canada. 


DENNIS LLOYD PARTIN 


Dennis Lloyd Partin, born April 7, 1946 in 

Sacramento, Sacto, California. Married May 31, 1969 in 


226 


Sacramento, Sacto, Calif. Baptized Jan. 6, 1979. 

Tanya Lee Partin, born Nov. 14, 1972 in Las Vegas, 
Clark, Nev. 




ev 


David Donald Partin, born Dec. 8, 1947 in 

Sacramento, Sacto, California. Baptized March 3, 1956. 
Married June 14, 1969 in Placerville, El Dorado, 
California. Father, Francis Lloyd Partin, and mother, 
Geraldine Valora Sprouse. 

Wife, Yvonne Denise Cray, born Nov. 9, 1950 in 
Nevada City, California. Father, John Marshall Cray, and 
mother, Ruth Joan Howton. Baptized Nov. 30, 1958. 

Children: 

David Donald Partin, born May 27, 1970 in 


Dennis Jr., Denny, Dee Dee, Mathew 


Placerville, El Dorado, Calif. Baptized July 30, 1954. 
Father, Francis Lloyd Partin, and mother, Geraldine 
Valora Sprouse. 

Wife, Deana Grace (De De) Carter, born March 17, 
1950 in Long Beach, California, father, Felix Don Carter, 
and mother, Mary Helen Johnson-. 

Children: 

Dennis Lloyd Partin, born Nov. 1, 1969 in Placerville, 
El Dorado, Calif. 

Matthew Brian Partin, bom March 1, 1972 in 
Sacramento, Sacto, California. 

Dennis Lloyd Partin, born in Sacramento, Calif. April 
7, 1946. Fourth child of Francis L. and Geraldine Sprouse 
Partin. Attended Buckeye School, El Dorado High 
School, and was a member of the first graduating class of 
Ponderosa High School in 1964. Denny was on the football 
and wrestling teams. 

Married Deana Grace (De De) Carter May 31, 1968 in 
Placerville, Calif. They have two sons; Dennis Lloyd Jr., 
born Nov. 1, 1969 in Placerville, Calif., and Matthew 
Brian, born March 1, 1972, in Sacramento, California. 

Denny and De De live in Carmichael, Calif. Denny 
manages a Full Service Shell Station in Sacramento, and 
De De manages a Self-Service Station in Rancho Cordova. 
They are both active in school affairs and in Little League. 
Both boys play on the same team. Their dad is the coach, 
and their mother is score keeper. Their favorite pastime'is 
camping. 


DAVID DONALD PARTIN 


David, Yvonne, Samantha, Tanya Partin. 


Samantha Hope Partin, bom Dec. 16, 1975 in Las 


Vegas, Clark, Nev. 


-1 


We were married in Carson City Nev. Dec. 2, 1967 
and sealed in the Oakland Temple July 31, 1971. We have 
three Hsoutifiil Hauohterc Sheila aoe eleven, nlavs 














David, Yvonne, Samantha, Tanya Partin. 


Sacramento, Sacto, Calif. Baptized Jan. 6, 1979. 

Tanya Lee Partin, born Nov. 14, 1972 in Las Vegas, 
Clark, Nev. 

Samantha Hope Partin, bom Dec. 16, 1975 in Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nev. , 

David Donald Partin, fifth child of Francis L. and 
Geraldine Sprouse Partin. Bom Dec. 8, 1947, in 
Sacramento, Calif. Attended Buckeye Elementary and 
Ponderosa High School. 

While in school David was on the football, cross 
country, and wrestling teams. In Aug. 1966, he enlisted in 
the army. He received training at Fort Lewis, Wash., Fort 
Gordon, Ga., and Fort Benning Ga. where he graduated 
from Paratrooper School. He then spent a year with the 
Special Forces (Green Beret) in Bad Tolz, Germany. In 
April 1978, he went to Vietnam where he was assigned to 
the 173 Airborne Brigade. 

On Jun 14, 1969, he and Yvonne Denise Cray were 
married at Placerville, Calif. They have three children: 
David Donald Partin, Jr., bom May 27, 1970, in 
Sacramento, Calif.; Tanya Lee, bom Nov. 14, 1972 at Las 
Vegas, Nev.; Samantha Hope, born Dec. 16, 1975 in Las 
Vegas, Nev. 

David and family live in Fair Oaks, Calif. Yvonne 
works for Raleys in the Delicatessan and David is em¬ 
ployed with Certain-teed in Shingle Springs. 


Denice, Sheila, Dave, Carol, Laurie. 


We were married in Carson City Nev. Dec. 2, 1967 
and sealed in the Oakland Temple July 31, 1971. We have 
three beautiful daughters, Sheila, age eleven, plays 
Clarinet in the school band and is in the sixth grade. The 
twins Laurie and Denise like school in the third grade. 
They are eight years old and like primary too. 

Dave, a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints, became an elder in 1971 and has served 
as secretary, second counselor, and first counselor, in the 
quorum and is assistant to the executive secretary to the 
bishop. 

I have served as Primary teacher, chorister and 
second counselor in Relief Society, and Sunday School 
teacher and I am assistant ward librarian and ward 
magazine representative. 

We enjoy the Gospel and the blessings it brings to us. 
We have our own business here in Placerville “Mitchell’s 
Auto Restorations.” Dave has been an Auto Mechanic for 
eleven years and enjoys working on old cars, I do the 
bookeeping and am learning to work on cars too. 

We are doing our four generation group sheets on 
Dave’s family, as he is the only church member. His 
parents are helping us. The work has not been easy but it 
is worth it all to know about these people and learn to love 
and appreciate them. 


CAROLE ANN PARTIN 


Carol Ann Partin, the sixth child born to Frank and 
Geraldine Sprouse Partin, April 15, 1950, in Sacramento 
Ca. Raised in Shingle Springs Ca. 

I attended Buck Eye School and Ponderosa High, 
where I met my husband Dave. He was in the band and I 
was in the choir. David Kent Mitchell, bom May 30, 1949 
in Placerville to Willie McFarland and Lorine Marie 
Meyer Mitchell, in Placerville, where his parents were also 
reared. They are the best in-laws that anybody could ever 
ask for, and living near them is a real pleasure. 


FRANK LEE PARTIN 


Frank Lee Partin, born Dec. 23, 1951 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, California. Baptized Aug. 6, 1960. Married June 14, 
1971 in Placerville, El Dorado, California. Father, Francis 
Lloyd Partin, and mother, Geraldine Valora Sprouse. 

Wife, Cathy Lynette Jones, born March 25, 1954 in 
Placerville, El Dorado, Calif. Baptized April 4, 1972. 
Father, Loftin Talmadge Jones, and mother, Betty Joyce 
Jones. 



SANDRA JEAN PARTIN THUESON 


I was born February 24, 1954 to Francis Lloyd and 
Geraldine Valora Sprouse Partin. I grew up in Shingle 
Springs, California. I attended Buckeye Elementary 
School and Ponderosa High School; graduating in 1972. I 
have good memories of my childhood; being in a close 
family and being the eighth child of twelve I had lots of 
love and care. 

I met my husband-to-be at church in September of 
1969 and married Timothy Thueson December 30, 1972 in 
the Oakland Temple. We began our married life in 
Phoenix, Arizona where Tim attended school at DeVry 
Institute of Technology. 

Our first child, Mark — bom September 4, 1974 in 
Phoenix. That was a beautiful time for us. He brought a lot 
of love and happiness into our lives. 

We returned to California in March 1975 to San Jose 


Children: Brenda Lynette Partin, April 23, 1973 in 
Placerville, El Dorado, California. 

Frank Lee Partin was bom Dec. 23, 1951 to Francis 
Lloyd Partin and Geraldine Valora Sprouse in 
Sacramento Ca. As a growing boy he was fond of sports 
and partiticipated in all school sports. He also brought 
good grades home from school. 

Frank met and married a beautiful redhead, Cathy 
Lynette Jones, June 14, 1971. Cathy was born March 25, 
1954 to Loftin Talmadge Jones and Betty Joyce Jones 
(maiden name). Cathy was converted to the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized April 8, 
1972, Frank had been baptized previously Aug. 6, 1960. 

A sweet little girl was bom April 23, 1973, named 
Brenda Lynette. She likes school and Primary. Her mother 
keeps active in Church, working in the ward library and 
teaching the children in Primary. Her father is production 
supervisor with Cirtain-Teed Company at Cameron Park, 
Ca. 


Shauna, Tiffiney, Trevor. Timothy and Sandra Thuesen. 


area. Tim got his first professional job at Lockhead 
Missies and Space Co. as an electronics test technician. 
Shauna, our second child was bom August 26, 1976. 
Trevor, our third child, was bom July 11, 1978. On January 
9, 1979, Mark died from Hepititas and it was a very sad 
time in our lives. But through this trial we learned many 
things we may have never understood if we had never 
faced this trial. Our fourth child, Tiffany, was bom 
November 2, 1979. 

We keep active in the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints. Tim has been a Sunday School teacher, 
a member of the Sunday School Presidency, and a 
member of the Elder’s Quorum presidency; a member of 
the bishopric and he is now a member of the young mens’ 
presidency. 

I have worked in the Primary for twelve years, as a 
teacher, chorister, and a member of the presidency. Now I 
am the junior Sunday School chorister. My hobbies are 
my children, my husband, and sewing. Tims' hobbies are 
his children and cars. 


KATHLEEN MARIE PARTIN CHRISTENSEN 

Kathleen Marie Partin Christensen, bom Nov. 26, 
1956 in Sacramento, Calif., the ninth child of Francis 
Lloyd and Geraldine Valora Sprouse Partin. 

I was blessed Feb. 3, 1957 and baptized on Dec. 5, 
1964, and confirmed Dec. 6, 1964, by my Father. I at¬ 
tended Buckeye Elementary School and Ponderosa High 
in Shingle Springs Calif. I attended one year at Norte Del 
Rio High in Sacramento, Calif. I enjoy sports, dancing. 


■HM 



PATRICIA LYNNE PARTIN 



singing and playing the guitar. 

My husband, James Loren Christensen, was bom 
Sept. 1, 1955, to Larsen C. and Ida Mary Gomm 
Christensen. He was christened Nov. 6, 1955, baptized Jan. 
4, 1964, and confirmed Jan. 5, 1964. He enjoys cars, 
baseball, biking and playing the flute 'and accordian. 

We were endowed and sealed Feb. 15, 1975 in the 
Oakland Temple in Oakland Calif, by President Castleton. 
We attended Foothill Ward, in the Sacramento North 
Stake. 

We presently own our own antenna installation 
business here in Sacramento. 



Glen, Glennie, Tresha Hatch. 


GLEN PAUL HATCH 

Born August 18, 1954 in LacLaBiche, Alberta, 
Canada. Baptized June 3, 1967. Married August 13, 1977 in 
Breynet, Alberta, Canada. Father, Norman Hatch, and 
mother, Mary Kerner Raymond. 

Wife, Patricia Lynne Partin, bom May 15, 1959 in 
Placerville, El Dorado, Calif. Baptized June 3, 1967. 
Father, Francis Lloyd Partin, and mother, Geraldine 
Valora Sprouse. Child, Glen Paul Hatch, bora Dec. 14, 
1979 at Edgemont, Alberta, Canada. 


Patricia Lynne Partin, born May 15, 1959 at 
Placerville, Calif., tenth child of Francis L. and Geraldine 
Sprouse Partin. Attended school at Buckeye Elementary 
and Ponderosa High School. 

Trisha was active in school and church sport 
programs. She coached the Beehive and junior basketball 
and volleyball teams two years. 

After graduating from school in Jan. 1977, Trisha 
moved to Wandering River, Alberta, Canada, and on Aug. 
13, 1977, she was married to Glen Paul Hatch. They now 
live on a mixed farm in Wandering River, where they raise 
cereal grains and livestock. Their son, Glen Paul Jr., was 
born Dec. 14, 1979 in Edmonton, Alberta. 

Trisha and her sister Geri coached the Wandering 
River School girls basketball team this year and Trish is 
now coaching the girls softball team. 



Geri and Ivan Skjersven 
IVAN JOHN SKJERSVEN 


Ivan John Skjersven, bom Dec. 19, 1959 and baptized 
Sept. 6, 1969. Married Nov. 18, 1978, Placerville, El 
Dorado, California. Father, Lloyd Harold Skjersven, and 
mother, Norma Sales. 

Wife, Geri Nadean Partin, born July 26, 1961 in 
Placerville, El Dorado, California. Baptized Sept. 6, 1969. 

GERI NADEAN PARTIN SKJERSVEN 

Geri Nadean Partin Skjersven, bom July 26, 1961 in 
Placerville, Calif. Eleventh child of Francis and Geraldine 
Sprouse Partin. Attended Buckeye Elementary and 
Ponderosa High School where she played basketball and 
volleyball. Geri was on the G.E.L. All League Volleyball 
Team for two years, and was voted M.V.P. in 1978. She 
also participated in the church athletic program. 

When her mother was hospitalized for several months 
in 1977-78, Geri very capably took over the household 
duties and care of her younger sister, Ten. 

On Nov. 18, 1978, in Placerville, Calif., Geri was 
married to Ivan John Skjersven of Breynet, Alberta, 
Canada. They now live at Breynet. They have one child, 
Jonathan Lee, bom Nov. 14, 1980. 

Jamie Lynne, Bom Dec. 29, 1980 to Teri Denise 
Partin and Randy Brien Petty. 


229 



JOE BAYLUS SPROUSE 


CHERYL ANN SPROUSE 


Joe Baylus Sprouse, .born Feb. 12, 1926, Abraham, 
Utah. Married Dec. 21, 1946. Father, Gerald Odell 
Sprouse and mother. Flora Belle Murray. 

Wife, Susan Nadean Swindler, born May 10, 1929 in 
Lathrop, Missouri. Father, George Robert Swindler, 
mother, Edith Izola Routh. 

Children: 

Cheryl Ann Sprouse, Oct. 8, 1947, in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Married (1) Oct. 9, 1965 to Donald H. Knaus 
(div) (2) Richard Michael Reed. 

Yvonne Marie Sprouse, Nov. 22, 1949 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Married March 25, 1967 to Jerry L. Donahue 
(div.) 

Joe B. Sprouse, second child born to Flora Bell 
(Murray) Sprouse and Gerald Odell Sprouse at Abraham, 
Utah on February 12, 1926. Moved to Roseville, Ca in 
1930 where he attended schools and spent most of his 
early life. Moved to Tehachapi, Ca for a brief time in the 
early 1940’s. Worked in the shipyards in Richmond, Ca, 
before enlisting in the Navy in 1943. After Boot Camp in 
San Diego he served aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. 
Callaghan until the end of the war in 1945. After being 
discharged from the Navy in 1946 he returned to Roseville 
and began work in the construction industry. 

In December 1946 he married Susan Nadean 
Swindler in Gold Hill, Or. They had two daughters, 
Cheryl Ann, bom 1947 and Yvonne Marie, born 1949. 
With his new family he moved to Roseville where his girls 
were raised and attended school. In 1950 he started 
working as a mechanic in a local garage, a job he held for 
ten years and an occupation he still pursues. 

After the children were married and left home he and 
Nadean moved to Sacramento in 1976 where they still live. 



Richard, Stacy, Cheryl, Deanne, Robin Reed. 


Cheryl Ann Sprouse, bom Oct. 8, 1947 in 
Sacramento, Sacto, California, to Joe Baylus Sprouse and 
Susan Nadean Swindler. Married (1) Donald Henry Knaus 
on Oct. 9, 1965 in Sacramento, Sacto, California. Donald 
was bom May 23, 1944 in Denver, Colorado to Leo Knaus 
and Mary Knaus. Other husband (2) Richard Michael 
Reed. 

Children: 

Stacey Lynn Reed, Aug. 20, 1966, Roseville, Placer, 
Calif. 

Deanne Renee Reed, Oct. 15, 1968 Roseville, Placer, 
Calif. 

Robin Michelle Reed, Dec. 16, 1971, Roseville, 
Placer, Calif. 

Note: Husband (2) married to wife Sept. 11, 1970 and 
adopted children one and two on Oct. 9,1971. 



Yvonne, Melissa, Jerry, Geoffrey, Donahue 


JERRY LEON DONAHUE 

Born Nov. 24, 1947 in Lonoke, Arkansas. Married 
March 25, 1967 in Reno, Nevada. Father, Rudy Robert 
Donahue, and mother, Ellie Bethel Gibbons Donahue. 

Wife, Yvonne Marie Sprouse, Born, Nov. 22, 1949 in 
Sacramento, Sacto, Calif. Father, Joe Baylus Sprouse, and 
mother, Susan Nadean Swindler. 

Children: 

Melissa Diane Donahue, April 28, 1970 in Roseville, 
Placer, Placer, Calif. 

Geoffrey Lance Donahue, March 18, 1972 in 
Roseville, Placer, Calif. 

Jerry Leon Donahue Jr., July 10, 1974, Roseville, 
Placer, Calif. 


230 





YVONNE SPROUSE DONAHUE 

I, Yvonne Sprouse Donahue, was born Nov. 22, 1949, 
in Sacramento, Calif., the second of Joe B. and Nadean 
Swindler Sprouse. At age four my family moved to 
Roseville California where I grew up and went to school. 

At age twenty, in 1969, I moved with my husband to 
Fort Ord California where he finished his military service. 
A year later, Melissa, our first child, was born in 1972. 
Geoffrey, our first son was born that year we moved to 
Loomis California where we still live. In 1974 Jerry, our 
last child, was born. 

In 1977 with all my children in grammar school and 
nursery school I began my college education to become a 
nurse. As I write this I am preparing for graduation from 
nursing school at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif., June 13, 
1980. 



George Agustus Murray 


GEORGE AGUSTUS MURRAY 

George Augustus Murray, born Aug. 10, 1905, in 
Vernal, Utah, was raised in Vernal. In 1922 the family 
moved to Chandler Arizona. George drove a team of 
horses on a wagon filled with a load of furniture and 
household items. He was accompanied by an elderly 
gentleman, who the family had adopted. Mr. Jones wagon 
carried the feed for the horses, camping equipment and 
some farming equipment, it took them twenty three days 
to make the trip. The rest of the family had gone ahead 
and made the trip in a Model T Ford in eight days. 

George finished school in Chandler, Ariz., worked 
odd jobs with the local farmers, and went to Los Angeles. 

He married Margaret Knottingham and they were 
divorced. Later he met and married Gladys West. They 


too were divorced. Later he married Harriet Elizabeth 
Johnson and was later divorced. George died July 23, 
1956. (peorge was a good, kind person and he made many 
friends. 


WILLIAM OLEN WATKINS 

William Olen Watkins, born July 17, 1906 in Mesa, 
Maricopa, Arizona. Baptized July 23, 1914, endowed Oct. 
28, 1927 and sealed Oct. 28, 1927 in Mesa. Married Oct. 
28, 1927 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. Father, Thomas 
Russell Watkins and mother, Julia Allen. 

Wife, (1) Mary Elizabeth Murray, born April 19, 1909 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized June 9, 1919 and en¬ 
dowed Oct. 28, 1927. Father, Joseph Smith Murray, and 
mother, Mildred Lillian Davis. 

Children: 

Flora Jean Watkins, Jan. 28, 1929 in Phoenix, 
Maricopa, Ariz. Baptized Feb. 2, 1937, BIC. Married Oct. 
26, 1946 to Stanley G. Clark. 

Robert Loen Watkins, June 20, 1930 in Chandler, 
Maricopa, Ariz. Baptized Feb. 4, 1939 and endowed Feb. 
2, 1954, BIC. Married Feb. 2, 1954 to Janet Elaine Adams. 

Mary Louise Watkins, June 29, 1932 in Chandler, 
Maricopa, Ariz. Baptized Aug. 31, 1940, and endowed 
Dec. 2p, 1953. BIC. Married March 24, 1953 to Hurley H. 
Parkhurst. 

Eleanor Ruth Watkins, Aug. 15, 1935 in Chandler, 
Maricopa, Ariz. Baptized Sept. 5, 1943, endowed Feb. 21, 

1959, BIC. Married April 3, 1959 to Don LaMoine Scott. 
Joseph Russell Watkins, Nov. 29, 1937 in Vernal, 

Uintah, Utah. Baptized Dec. 1, 1945, endowed Aug. 13, 

1960. Died Nov. 3, 1958. 

Ila Marie Watkins, March 27, 1941 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Baptized ?, BIC. Married April 1962 to 
Patrick Joseph Harrigan. 


MARY ELIZABETH MURRAY WATKINS 

Mary Elizabeth Murray Watkins, born April 19, 1909, 
in Roosevelt, Utah. She grew up and finished Grammer 
School in Maeser school. Rode horse back to school about 
three miles and loved it. She was fourteen years old when 
the family moved to Arizona. She graduated from the 
Chandler Arizona High School, with honors. 

Worked in the Post Office, married William Olen 
Watkins, in the Mesa Ariz. Temple. Olen had a trucking 
business, mostly between Phoenix and Flagstaff Ariz. 
Mary loved her family, husband and children. She loved to 
work for the Lord and was active with music, the primary 
and Sunday School and Relief Society. 

She drove the school bus during WWII and never did 
stop until her health forced her to. Mary raised a fine 
family and was proud of her children. She died Jan. 4, 
1964. 


231 







Flora Jean Watkins Clark 


STANLEY G. CLARK 

Stanley G. Clark, bom Feb. 4, 1925 in Santa Cruz, 
California. Married Oct. 26, 1946 in Sacramento, 
Sacramento, California. Father, Ralph Samuel Clark and 
mother, Silver Fern Watkins Clark. 

Wife: Flora Jean Clark, born Jan. 28, 1929 in Phoenix, 
Maricopa, Ariz. Father, William Olen Watkins, and 
mother, Mary Elizabeth Murray. 

Children: 

Linda Lee Clark, Oct. 17, 1947 in Sacramento, Sacto, 
Calif. Married Dec. 4, 1965 to Jeffrey Irwin Tynes. 

Pamela Sussette Clark, Sept. 17, 1953 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Married Sept. 23, 1972 to Randy Lee Por- 
teous. 


JEFFREY IRWIN TYNES 

Jeffrey Irwin Tynes, born, April 29, 1947, in Tucson, 
Arizona. Married Dec. 4, 1965 in Reno, Nevada. 

Wife, Linda Lee Clark, born Oct. 17, 1947 in 
Sacramento, Sacramento, Calif. Father, Stanley G. Clark 
and mother, Flora Jean Watkins. 

Children: 

Tammy Lynn Tynes, Feb. 6, 1967 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. 

Cindy Christine Tynes, Oct. 3, 1969 in Olympia, 
Washington. 


PAMELA SUSSETTE CLARK 


Pamela Sussette Clark, born Sept. 17, 1953, to Stanley 
G. and Flora Jean Watkins Clark, in Sacramento Calif. 
Married Randy Lee Porteous, Sept. 23, 1972. A baby girl 
was born to this marriage. Kelly Clark Porteous, a lovely 
little lady. 



Kenyon, Cora, Robert, Janet, Randal Watkins 


ROBERT OLEN WATKINS 


FLORA JEAN WATKINS 

Flora Jean Watkins, bom January 28, 1929 in 
Phoenix, Arizona. The first child of William Olen Watkins 
and Mary Elizabeth Murray Watkins. 

As a child we lived in Arizona, Vernal Utah, 
Steamboat Springs Colorado, and finally settled in 
Sacramento, California when I was 10 years old. But it was 
always like going home when we visited our grandparents 
in Arizona. There was always lots of love from grand¬ 
parents, parents, aunts and uncles. 

I married Stanley Grant Clark on Oct. 26, 1946 in 
Carson City, Nevada. We had two daughters, Linda Lee 
Clark, born Oct. 17, 1947 and Pamela Susette Clark, bom 
Sept. 17, 1953. When the girls were young I worked in the 
PTA, and was a leader in the Campfire Girls and the Girl 
Scouts. We lived in the Sacramento vicinity where we 
bough; and ran a small country grocery store. Our girls are 
both larried and we have three grandchildren. 


Robert Olen Watkins, bom June 20, 1930 in Chan¬ 
dler, Arizona to William Olen Watkins and Mary 
Elizabeth Murray. Married Feb. 2, 1955 in Mesa, Arizona 
to Janet Elaine Adams, bom March 18, 1935 in 
Sacramento, Sacramento, California. Father Claude 
Mitchell Adams, and mother Eliza Ruby Penny. 

Children: 

Randall Olen Watkins, Dec. 11, 1955 in Sacramento, 
Sacramento, Calif. 

Cara Lynn Watkins, May 31, 1959 in Sacramento, 
Sacramento, Calif. 

Kenyon Mitchell Watkins, Oct. 18, 1961 in Whittier, 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

Robert Olen Watkins, bom June 20, 1930 in Chan¬ 
dler, Ariz. to William Olen Watkins, and Mary Elizabeth 
Murray Watkins. He attended a series of 12 public schools 
in Arizona and Colorado and California where his parents 
finally settled down. After graduating from high school 
and two years with the Army in Korea he came home and 


232 






married Janet Elaine Adams, a descendant of Mormon 
pioneers and early California gold miners. 

Robert and Janet lived many years in Sacramento, 
and a short time in Los Angeles and their home is in 
Bishop Ca., where Robert is District Director of the 
California Department of Transportation in District 09, 
which covers a large territory, and Robert is responsible 
for the design, Construuction and maintenance of the 
state highways and other transportation facilities in that 
area. 

Janet is Inyo County School Superintendant, an area 
that includes both Death Valley and Mount Whitney. She 
has taught grade schools and special education classes, 
and outdoor education. She was resources specialist for 
San Juan School District near Sacramento and has been 
active in politics for several years. Robert and Janet both 
graduated from California State University in Sacramento. 
Janet holds a masters degree of education from that in¬ 
stitution. 

They attended college while raising their family. They 
have three children, Randy Olen, bom Dec. 11, 1955, a 
tire store manager, and an evening college student, plans 
to marry his high school sweetheart, Shirley Griener in 
June. Daughter Cara Lynn, bom May 31, 1959, a junior at 
her parents Alma Mater. Studies some of the subjects her 
mother did. 

Kenyon Mitchell, born Oct. 8, 1961, a senior at 
Bishop High, loves school and sports, young people's 
activities at school and church and is assistant to the 
bishop in the priesthood quorum. He plans to go on a 
mission and attend college. 

Janet worked fifteen years in Primary, as counselor in 
Relief Society, Sunday School teacher and is teaching the 
Social Relations class in Relief Society. Robert has been 
scout master, elder’s quorum president, counselor and 
drama director, presently he teaches fourteen year olds in 
Sunday School. 

The Watkins are active in the community, a long term 
interest in environmental issues. They love sports in¬ 
cluding mountain climbing, skiing, white water rafting, 
bicycling, trail bike riding. Randy and Kenyon are both 
Eagle Scouts. 

HURLEY HARVEY PARKHURST 

Hurley Harvey Parkhurst, bom July 1, 1934 in 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Baptized June 25, 1950, endowed 
Dec. 29, 1953 and sealed Dec. 29, 1953. Father, Alexander 
Hurley Parkhurst, and mother, Irene Agenes Adams. 
Married March 24, 1953 in Elko, Elko, Neavda. 

Wife, Mary Louise Watkins, born June 29, 1932, 
Chandler, Maricopa, Arizona. Baptized Aug. 31, 1940. 
Endowed Dec. 29, 1953. Father, William Olen Watkins, 
and mother, Mary Elizabeth Murray. 

Children: 

Terri Florez Parkhurst, July 1, 1954, in Mather, 
A.F.B. Sacramento, Sacto, Calif. Baptized Aug. 4, 1962, 
BIC. 

DeAnna Marie Parkhurst, Jan. 15, 1956, Mather, 
AFB, Sacramento, Sacto, Calif. Baptized Feb. 1, 1964, 
BIC. 


Carmen Reyona Parkhurst, Jan. 30, 1957 in Roseville, 
Placer, Calif. Baptized March 27, 1965, BIC. 

Hurley Olen Parkhurst, March 20, 1958 in Provo, 
Utah, Utah. Baptized June 4, 1966, BIC. 

Lucia June Parkhurst, April 29, 1959 in Roseville, 
Placer, Calif. Baptized May 6, 1967, BIC. 

Wayne Kimball Parkhurst, May 15, 1960, in 
Roseville, Placer, Calif. Baptized in 1968 BIC. 



Marian, Gary, David, Eilean, Jenny, Don and Ruth Scott. 


DON LaMOINE SCOTT 

Born July 27, 1930 in Logan, Cache, Utah. Baptized 
Aug. 14, 1938, endowed June 16, 1950 and sealed April 3, 
1959 in Salt Lake. Married April 3, 1959 in Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Father, Rulon Williams Scott, and 
mother Sarah Gunnell Garr. 

Wife, Eleanor Ruth Watkins, born Aug. 15, 1935 in 
Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. Baptized Sept. 5, 1943, en¬ 
dowed Feb. 21, 1959. Father William Olen Watkins, and 
mother Mary Elizabeth Murray. 

Children: 

Marian Scott, May 7, 1960, Mather A.F.B. Sacto, 
Calif. Baptized May 29, 1968, BIC. 

David Jay Scott, Oct. 26, 1961 in Mather AFB Sacto, 
Calif. Baptized Nov. 1, 1969, BIC. 

Gary Alan Scott, Nov. 21, 1963, in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Baptized Dec. 4, 1981, BIC. 

Eileen Scott, July 12, 1966, Fairchild, AFB, Spokane, 
Wasnington. Baptized Aug. 3, 1974, BIC. 

Jennifer Scott, June 13, 1973 in Spokane, Spokane, 
Washington, BIC. 

Don is the stake clerk and is taking a genealogy, 
language training class in old German script. Ruth teaches 
the senior class in Sunday School. Son David is one of the 
students, and she is also Jennifer's Brownie leader. 
Marian, teaches the Cultural Refinement class in young 
adult Relief Society. 

David, a high school senior, bought a motorcycle to 
save gas, and works at McDonald's. He was voted best 
crew person, 1979, and is looking for a mission call. G ry, 
a sophomore, likes high school, had a role in the fall play 


233 




at school. Eileen, now in the eighth grade, is busy after 
school with sports, piano lessons, and she accompanied 
one of the schools choirs at their concert this year. Jen¬ 
nifer, our little blessing, is in the first grade and learning to 
read. Everyone is delighted. She loves books and we love 
to read to her, and she giggles and laugh’s a lot. We are 
glad she came to our home. We love the Lord and want to 
please Him. 

PATRICK JOSEPH HARRIGAN 

Patrick Joseph Harrigan, married on April 21, 1962 to 
Da Marie Watkins, born March 27, 1941 in Sacramento, 
Sacramento, Calif. Father, William Olen Watkins, mother, 
Mary Elizabeth Murray. 

Children: 

Donna Marie Harrigan, Dec. 9, 1962, Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. 

JoAnn Kay Harrigan, March 8, 1967, Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. 

Patrick Damon Harrigan, Nov. 15, 1968, Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. 

WALTER RAY KINTZLEY 

Walter Ray Kintzley, born Jan. 16, 1893 in Boone, 
Boone, Iowa. Baptized Nov. 1, 1924, endowed April 8, 
1931, and sealed June 13, 1962, Salt Lake. Married April 
14, 1933, Sacramento, Sac. California. Died July 22, 1959, 
buried July 25, 1959, Sierra Hills Mem. Park, Sacramento, 
Calif. Father, Joseph A. Kintzley, mother, Hattie Grace 
Smith. Other Wives: (1) Florence Kennison. 

Wife, (2) Lillian Reva Murray, born Dec. 24, 1911, 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 28, 1935, endowed 
June 13, 1962. Father, Joseph Smith Murray, mother, 
Mildred Lillian Davis. 

Children: 

Lillian Grace Kintzley, Nov. 23, 1934 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Baptized Feb. 22, 1943. Married Oct. 17, 1959 
to Willie Paul Roberson. 

Thelma Louise Kintzley, May 23, 1937 in Citrus 
Heights, Sacto, Calif. Baptized Sept. 2, 1946, endowed 
June 6, 1957 and sealed to parents June 13, 1962 in Salt 
Lake. Married May 30, 1959 to Martin Richard Hume. 

LILLIAN REVA MURRAY KINTZLEY 

I, Lillian Reva Murray Kintzley, was the fifth of eight 
children born to the union of Joseph Smith Murray and 
Mildred Lillian Davis Murray. At the time of my birth they 
lived in Naples Ward, Vernal, Utah. 

My parents were homesteading on the Indian 
Reservation at Roosevelt, Utah at the time, and moved to 
Naples Ward for the confinement of my mother. After my 
birth they returned to the homestead. They soon gave up 
this homestead and after living in several places they 
moved to Maeser Ward in Vernal. 

My first memories are of this home in Maeser. At age 
four and half years, my family moved to a ranch at the 
mouth of Dry Creek up a canyon. We lived there until the 


ninth of November, 1922. When we left there, we moved 
to Chandler Arizona. This was my home until I went to 
visit my sister Flora who lived in Roseville, California in 
November of 1932. 

In the spring I was married to Walter R. Kintzley who 
resided in Citrus Heights where we made our home. 
Walter was born to Joseph A. Kintzley and Hatty Grace 
Smith Kintzley in Boone Iowa. At the age of nine, Walter 
moved with his family to Longbeach, California, and 
moved on to Citrus Heights in 1926. 

Our family consists of our two daughters, Lillian 
Grace who is married to Christopher L. Davidson Jr., and 
Thelma Louise who is married to Martin R. Hume. 
Lillian’s children are Rebecca Sue Roberson, Mark Alan 
Roberson, and Michael Warren Roberson. Thelma’s 
children are Steven Ray Hume (Who is presently serving a 
mission in Washington D.C.) Janice Marie Hume, Roger 
Martin Hume, and Patrick Shawn Hume. My husband 
passed away July 1959 before the arrival of any of our 
grandchildren. 

I am presently living in Citrus Heights. Lillian and her 
family live in Lincoln California, and Thelma and her 
family also live in Citrus Heights. 


LILLIAN GRACE KINTZLEY 

Lillian Grace Kintzley was born the 23rd of 
November, 1934 at Sacramento, Calif, the daughter of 
Walter Kintzley and Lillian Reva Murray. The family lived 
in Citrus Heights, Calif., and Lillian attended Sylvan 
Grammar School and San Juan High School there. Lillian 
was baptized by her father in 1942 at Sacramento. 

After graduating from high school in 1952, she went 
to work at McClellan AFB, Calif., where she worked until 
1975. She married Willie Paul Roberson on the 17th of 
October, 1959 at McClellan AFB. Three children were 
born of this marriage: Rebecca Sue Roberson, Dec. 30, 
1960 at North Sacramento, Calif.; Mark Alan Roberson, 
Oct. 31, 1962 at North Sacramento, Calif.; and Michael 
Warren Roberson, Feb. 25, 1964 at McClellan AFB. 

This marriage ended in divorce and Lillian married 
Christopher L. Davidson, Jr., on June 7, 1969. The family 
lived in Carmichael, Calif., until October 1973 when they 
moved to the "country life” in Lincoln, Calif. 

Rebecca (Becky), graduated from Lincoln High 
School in June of 1979. She is now attending Citrus 
Heights Beauty College to become a cosmetologist. She 
will be 20 years old this year. 

Mark will graduate in June of 1980, and plans to 
attend Ricks College in Idaho until he goes on his mission. 
Mark will be 18 years old this year. Mark is a priest in the 
Lincoln ward. 

Michael (Mike), will graduate in 1982. In his two 
years left of high school, he plans to continue to be active 
in school athletics which he has been very outstanding in 
the past years. Mike turned 16 this year. Mike is also a 
newly ordained priest in Lincoln Ward. 


234 






MARTIN RICHARD HUME 


WAYNE ALVA LANGFORD 


Martin Richard Hume, born Feb. 16, 1934 in 
Sacramento, Sacramento, California. Baptized Feb. 5, 
1966, endowed Feb. 16, 1967 and sealed Feb. 16, 1967. 
Married May 30, 1959 in Citrus Heights, Sacramento, 
Calif. Father, Henry Richard Hume, and mother, Irene 
Perry Fical. 

Wife, Thelma Louise Kintzley, born May 23, 1937 in 
Roseville, Sacramento Calif. Baptized Sept. 2, 1945, and 
endowed June 6, 1957. Father, Walter Ray Kintzley, and 
mother, Lillian Reva Murray. 

Children: 

Steven Ray Hume, Feb. 8,1960 in Sacramento, Sacto, 
Calif. Baptized Feb. 24, 1968 and sealed to parents Feb. 
16, 1967. 

Janice Marie Hume, Feb. 10, 1962 in Sacramento, 
Calif. Baptized Feb. 21, 1970 and sealed to parents Feb. 
16, 1967. 

Roger Martin Hume, July 20, 1964, in Sacramento, 
Sacramento, Calif. Sealed to parents Feb. 16, 1967. 

Patrick Shawn Hume, Jan. 28, 1974 in Carmichael, 
Sacto, Calif., BIC. 

CARL ALVA LANGFORD 

Born Sept. 22, 1913 at Hurley, Grant, New Mexico. 
Married Feb. 11, 1937, Chandler, Mariciopa, Ariz. Died 
Oct. 25, 1975 in Fort Jones, Calif., buried Oct. 29, 1975 in 
Fort Jones, Calif. Father, Alva Bedford Langford, and 
mother, Jocosa Alldredge. 

Wife, Wanda Marie Murray, bom Nov. 9, 1918 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father, Joseph Smith Murray, and 
mother, Mildred Lillian Davis. 

Children: 

Wayne Alva Langford, Dec. 14, 1938, Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Married Nov. 21, 1959 to Colleen Diane 
Marander. 

WANDA MARIE MURRAY 

I was born up the Dry Fork Canyon, Vernal, Utah, on 
November 9, 1918, the fifth of Joe and Lily Murray's seven 
children. We lived there until my fourth birthday, when 
Mother and Daddy loaded us up ‘bag and baggage’ and we 
moved to Chandler, Arizona. 

I attended the Chandler Public Schools from the first 
grade through high school, having graduated in the spring 
of 1935. It was about the next year that I started dating 
Carl Langford, and we were married in February of 1937. 
Following our marriage we lived in Mesa, Arizona, 
Phoenix, and Ogden Utah for short periods of time and 
ended up in Sacramento, California the spring of 1938. It 
was in Sacramento that our son Wayne was bom the 
following December, and we spent the remainder of our 
married life in Northern California where my husband was 
engaged in the plumbing business. 

Carl passed away on October 25, 1975, at Fort Jones, 
California where we had lived for the last fifteen years and 
where I still reside at the present time. 


Wayne Alva Langford, bom Dec. 14, 1938 in 
Sacramento, Sacramento, Calif. Married Nov. 21, 1959 in 
Reno, Nevada. Baptized April 2, 1949. Father Carl Alva 
Langford, and mother, Wanda Marie Murray. 

Wife, Colleen Diane Marander. Born April 5, 1938 in 
Seattle, Washington to William Elmer Marander and Leta 
Eileen Boles Marander. 

Children: 

Mark Wayne Langford, June 27, 1960 in Berkeley, 
Alameda, Calif. 

David William Langford, born Aug. 10, 1964 in San 
Leandro, Alameda, Calif. 



Paul and Donna Murray Hart 


PAUL EDGAR HART 

Paul Edgar Hart, bom Aug. 31, 1915 in Ashland, 
Kentucky. Married March 13, 1938. Father, John Hart, 
and mother, Harriet Virginia Dixon. 

Wife, Donna Murray, bom Dec. 24, 1920 in Rainbow, 
Umtah, Utah. Died Oct. 21, 1975. Father, Joseph Smith 
Murray, and mother, Mildred Lillian Davis. 

Children: 

Ronald Paul Hart, Dec. 25, 1938 in Oakland, Almda, 
Calif. Married Truma Teel (div) (2) June 29, 1968, Mary 
Moore. 

Joseph Victor Hart (twin), Jan. 5, 1943, Alhambra, 
L.A. Calif. Married Oct. 8, 1966 to Sandra Lee Dawn. 

John Vincent Hart (twin), Jan. 5, 1943, Alhambra, 
L.A. Calif. Married May 21,1969 to Carol Ann Hirty. 


235 





RONALD PAUL HART 


Born, Dec. 25, 1939 in Oakland, Calif. Baptized Sept. 
6, 1952. Married June 29, 1960 in El Monte, Calif. Father, 
Paul Edgar Hart, mother Donna Murray. Other wives (2) 
Mary Elizabeth Moore. 

Wife (1) Truma Jean Teel, born Sept. 20, 1942 in 
California. Baptized 1960. Father, Morton Teel, mother, 
Corita Smith. 

Children: 

Laura May Hart, Feb. 27, 1962 in Hollywood L.A. 
Calif. 

Ronald Paul Hart, bom Dec. 25, 1939. Married June 
29, 1968. Father, Paul Edgar Hart, and mother, Donna 
Murray. Other wives: (1) Truma Jean Teel. 

Wife (2) Mary Elizabeth Moore. 

Children: 

Cassandra Lea Hart, Jan. 12, 1973, Huntington Beach, 
Orange, Calif. 

Kyle Damien Hart, May 17, 1977. 


John (Jack) and Virgie S. Murray 


James Hilding Murray, Oct. 8, 1949 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Baptized Nov. 2, 1957, and endowed May 4, 
1969. Married Jan. 31, 1972 to Debora Kay Brand. 

John Richard Murray Sept. 22, 1951 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Baptized March 26, 1960 and endowed Aug. 
71 1976. Married March 3, 1979 to Linda Anderson. 

William Bradley Murray, Aug. 26, 1953 in 

Sacramento, Sacto, Calif. Baptized Nov. 4, 1961, endowed 
Oct. 2, 1972 and sealed to parents April 25, 1975. Married 
April 25, 1975 to Betty Ann Haskel. 

Douglas Alan Murray, Jan. 11, 1955 in Sacramento, 
Sacto, Calif. Baptized March 3, 1963, endowed Sept. 25, 
1974. 

John Richard Murray, (more frequently known as 
Jack) was bom at Chandler Arizona on December 29, 
1922, where he resided with his parents and siblings and 
attended the public schools. Upon graduation from high 
school he joined his parents in the Sacramento California 
area where they had moved a year prior. In November 
1942 he entlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the 
Pacific-South East Asia Theater of War during World War 
II. Upon his discharge from the Navy in February 1946, he 
attended an electronics school in San Francisco, 
California. He subsequently took employment in his field 
of training with radio broadcast stations in Mesa, Arizona; 
Chico, California, and Yuba City California as technician 
and transmitter operator. 

While working in Chico and on a visit to Sacramento 
he met Virgie Maria Sjostrom and in February of 1948 
they were married. This union was blessed with four sons, 
James, John Jr., William and Douglas. Jack left the 
broadcast business in June of 1948 and took employment 
with the Pacific Telephone Co. in Sacramento. This was 
done at the urging of his wife, Virgie, who had worked for 
the company for five years prior to their marriage. Jack 
found the change very satisfactory and made a career of 
the phone business. Due to various transfers within the 
company they resided in Sacramento, Chico, Galt and 
Grass Valley, California. In March of 1964 he transferred 
to the American Telphone and Telegraph Co. and worked 
throughout Southern Utah. They made homes in Delta, 
Holden, (where their sons attended Millard High School) 
and Moab, Utah. 


JOSEPH VICTOR HART 


Joseph Victor Hart, bom Jan. 5, 1943. Baptized Sept. 
1952. Father, Paul Edgar Hart, and mother, Donna 
Murray. '• 

Wife, Sandra L. Daum, bom Nov. 21, 1947 in Los 
Angeles, Los Angeles, California. Baptized March 1961. 
Father, Dale W. Daum, and mother Eileen D. Horn. 
Children: 

Denise R. Hart, Dec. 22, 1968 in Covina L.A., Calif. 
Tracie L. Hart, Sept. 15, 1972, Bellflower, Orange, 
Calif. 


JOHN VINCENT HART 


John Vincent Hart, born Jan. 5, 1943 in Alhambra, 
California. Married,-March 21, 1969 in Covina, Calif. 
Father, Paul Edgar Hart, mother, Donna Murray. 

Wife, Carol Ann Hicks, bom June 14, 1944 in Los 
Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif. Father, John Edward Hicks, 
and mother, Vera Stevens. 

Children: 

Bryan Vincent Hart, March 1, 1971, Pasadena, L.A. 
Calif. 

Deborah Lynn Hart, Feb. 6, 1975 in San Dimas, L.A., 
Calif. 


JOHN RICHARD MURRAY 


John Richard Murray, born Dec. 29, 1922 in Chan¬ 
dler, Arizona. Baptized, Jan. 31, 1931, endowed Feb. 16, 
1962, and sealed Feb. 16, 1962. Married Feb. 15, 1948. 
Father, Joseph Smith Murray, and mother Mildred Lillian 
Davis. 

Wife, Virgie Maria Sjostrom. Born Nov. 27, 1923 in 
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized, Aug. 5, 1933 
and endowed Feb. 17, 1962. Father, Hilding Hjalmar 
Sjostrom, and mother, Lydia Abiah Kelly. 

Children: 




All four of Jack’s and Virgie’s sons served on missions 
for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
Missions that took James to Australia, John to Oregon, 
William to Texas and Douglas to Iowa and Missouri. 
James and John also served in the U.S. Army with James 
going to Germany and John to Vietnam. 

Jack and Virgie are both active members of the LDS 
Church and both have held numerous responsible 
positions b their church throughout their lives. Jack also 
served a four year term on the Holden City Council. 
Though their accomplishments and possessions are very 
modest, they have always abided by the fact that life does 
not reward or punish any individual, neither is there any 
such thing as good luck or bad luck, but rather a law of 
consequence, that is, for every action there is a result or 
consequence, either favorable or unfavorable. Therefore, 
they are responsible for their own destiny. 

by John R. (Jack) Murray 

JAMES HILDING MURRAY 

James Hilding Murray, bom Oct. 8, 1949 in 
Sacramento, Sacramento, Calif. Baptized Nov. 2, 1957, 
endowed May 4, 1969. Married Jan. 31, 1972 b Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. Father, John Richard Murray, and 
mother, Virgie Maria Sjorstrom. 

Wife, Debra Kay Brand, born March 15, 1953 to 
Henry Brand and Orpha Brand. 

Children: 

Jennifer Lynn Murray, July 18, 1973 at Ft. Ord. 


JOHN RICHARD MURRAY 


California. 

James Henry Murray, Feb. 17, 1976 at Frankfort, 
Germany. 

Crystal Kay Murray, Aug. 31, 1977 b Bountiful, 
Davis, Utah. 


John Richard Murray, born Sept. 22, 1951 to John 
Richard and Virgie Maria Sjostrom Murray, in 
Sacramento Calif. Baptized March 26, 1960, endowed 
Aug. 7,1976. Filled a mission in the North Western States. 
Married March 3, 1979 m the Los Angeles Temple, Linda 
Jean Anderson, born to Richard Thomas and Ethel Louise 
Woodring Anderson, Feb. 16, 1952 in China Lake Calif., 
Ca. Baptized Aug. 6, 1960, endowed March 8, 1975. 


WILLIAM BRADLEY MURRAY 


William Bradley Murray, bom Aug. 26, 1953, 
Sacramento, Sacramento, California. Baptized Nov. 4, 
1961 and endowed Oct. 2, 1972, and sealed April 25, 1975. 
Married April 25, b Manti, Utah. 

Wife, Betty Ann Haskell, born Aug. 6, 1955. En¬ 
dowed Oct. 2, 1972. Father, Ivan Haskell, and mother, 
Deloa Batty. 

Children: 

Bradley Joseph Murray, July 19, 1976 in Payson, 
Utah, Utah. 

Bonnie Ann Murray, May 17, 1977 in Payson, Utah, 
Utah. 





WILLIAM ASHBY MURRAY FAMILY 


I 

< 

! 

( 


WILLIAM ASHBY MURRAY 

William Ashby Murray, named after his mother’s 
brother William Ashby, was the ninth and last child of 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray and Mary Ashby. He was bom 
June 21, 1882 on a small farm in Spanish Fork, Utah. 

Because of the limited opportunities for stock raising 
and farming around the vicinity of Spanish Fork, Jeremiah 
was on the constant lookout for a settlement where he 
could engage in these and other related activities. He and 
Mary didn't want their boys to go to the mines to work; 
they were fearful of the rough element that was so 
prevelent in the mining towns at that time. Mary could 
remember the dark days when her father and brothers 
worked in the coal mines in England. 

Jeremiah and Mary had already sampled life in the 
Mormon colony, down on the Muddy at St. Joseph in 
Nevada, due to the lack of moisture and year after year of 
crop failure they returned to Spanish Fork. It was the year 
that William was five years old that Jeremiah and Mary 
made their first trip to Ashley Valley, or Vernal, as it is 
called today. They were impressed with the beautiful little 
valley they found at the foot of the Uintah Mountains; and 
they purchased the homestead rights for forty acres from 
Billy Bradshaw. The deeds for the land was transfered to 
Mary Ashby Murray, July the twenty first, eighteen 
hundred and eighty seven; they paid a sum of six hundred 
dollars for the tract of land. Immediately they made 
preparations to move their family and belongings and 
make their home in Mill-Ward located in the north west 
part of the valley, today it is called Maeser. This became 
William's boyhood home and in nineteen hundred and two 
he purchased this farm from his parents and made a home 
for his family. 

It was just dusk, November 5, 1897, and five inches of 
newly fallen snow on the ground, when the Murray family 
arrived at their new home. Huge patches of sage and sand 
dunes and a silent country side gave them their welcome. 
All hands soon became busy, searching for wood to make 
a fire, pitching a tent, securing the livestock and making 
ready for the night. One of the older boys untied the milk 
cow from the back of the wagon and asked William to 
hold her for a moment. The cow being both hungry and 
thirsty immediately took advantage of the five year old, 
who desperately hung on to the rope, letting the cow drag 
him several hundred feet to the edge of a steep gully. The 
cow made a lunge and landed in the bottom of the gulch. 
Being forced to let go of the rope, William ran along the 


bank trying to get in head of her, trying to find a place 
where he could get down in the bottom to head her off. 
After tripping and falling several times he had to give up 
the chase, it was impossible for him to get ahead of her. 
The next day they all scoured the countryside trying to 
find her, because they needed the milk she gave. It was a 
main stay to their subsistance. However, she was not 
found until the next spring, where she had wintered out 
with a bunch of Sterling Colton’s cattle over on Ashley 
Creek. 

Immediately after arrival, preparations were made by 
Jeremiah and the older boys to go into the mountains to 
get logs to build a house before winter really set in. When 
the walls of the house were up to the square, and the roof 
was ready to go on, William went with his father and 
brothers over to Ashley Creek to cut cotton wood logs 
that served as rafters. The rafters were covered over with 
straw, which had been secured at the Caladonia Farm in 
Glines ward. Four to six inches of dirt was then thrown 
over the straw. This made a very good roof. Very little 
heat could escape through it. Although the winter was 
long and the floor of the house was bare dirt, the family 
was warm and comfortable that winter. When the weather 
became warm in the spring the buds on the cotton wood 
logs began to swell and soon long green shoots crept 
downward from the ceiling of the house transforming it 
into a beautiful green bowery. 

That spring was a very busy one for the Murray 
family. William being large for his age, was given his tasks 
along with the older boys. The land had to be cleared, 
many hours were spent plowing around the sand dunes 
and scraping the dirt away with a scraper and a team of 
horses. William related that it took many years before the 
sand dunes were wore away and the land level enough to 
run the water through a straight furrow. 

An orchard of about ten acres of fruit trees was 
planted and William with his ten pound lard buckets along 
with his bigger brother with bigger buckets carried water 
from the canal to water the young trees. William tells how 
hungry he got for apples as he watched these little trees 
grow and waited for them to bear. The Murrays had left a 
good orchard that was bearing fruit, behind when they left 
Spanish Fork. 

On one occasion when William was twelve, he went 
with his father back on Diamond mountain to get a load of 
wool, as they were coming down the face of the mountain 
they met one of the older brothers who had come to tell 
them that Uncle John Murray who worked for the Indian 


238 


Department at White Rocks had died. William’s father got 
off the load of wool, unhitched the horses from the 
wagon, mounted one and lead the other, telling William to 
stay on the wagon and watch the wool, that he would be 
back as soon as they got Uncle John buried, reminding 
him that there was plenty to eat in the grub box. Jeremiah 
came off the mountain, hitched his team to a buckboard 
and drove to White Rocks where he made a coffin and 
buried his brother. Before Jeremiah left to come back, 
Aunt Rache, Uncle John's wife, who had been ailing, died 
also, and he had to make another coffin and bury her. It 
was nearly a week before Jeremiah got back to where he 
had left William. William had eaten everything, and had 
even searched the grub box for crumbs. 

When William was sixteen and the only child left at 
home, his father decided that he and William would 
remodel their big two story home. They jacked the roof up 
and went around and around the house taking it down a 
brick at a time until they took the top story off and 
lowered the ground floor ceilings from eleven down to 
nine feet. They also took out the old cobble rock 
fireplace, replacing it with a new modern heating stove 
that burned coal. 

On October 19, 1901, when William was eighteen, he 
married Beatrice Howarth. They bought a tract of land 
about a mile west of the Davis Ward Chapel, which ex¬ 
tended back to the north about a half a mile. Two 
children, Monellie Marie and Clarence James were bom 
while they lived here. William later bought a farm in 
Maeser ward not far from his father’s, it was here that 
Bessie and Beatrice were bom. 

When the Indian Reservation was opened for 
homesteading, William filed on a piece of land in 
Hancock Coul near Roosevelt. He went into the moun¬ 
tains for logs, built a cabin and made pens and sheds 
for his animals, and did all that was necessary to secure his 
claim. It was also part of the agreement with U.S. 
government that one must live on this land. William’s wife 
Beatrice was in poor health and the nearer the time came 
for him to move the family to the reservation, the more 
William realized that his frail little wife would never be 
able to stand the stress and strain of pioneer life. So one 
night after dark he loaded all of his belongings on his 
wagon and went back to Vernal. He was glad that his 
neighbors could not see his heavy heart. The following 
March Beatrice died leaving him with four small children 
and the baby only six weeks old. 

Nov. 9, 1909, he married Emma Estella Woodruff, 
they had two daughters, Virginia and Clara Margaret. The 
following three and a half years were exciting and 
challenging to William. He bought his father’s farm, went 
into the cattle business with his brother Ward. They ran 
their cattle on Taylor Mountain. William led a very busy 
life, buying and trading for cattle and caring for his farm. 
While driving a herd of cattle from Lapoint, word came to 
him to come home that Estella was very ill. Two days 
later, March 5, 1913, she died. The doctor diagnosed her 
illness as spinal meningitis. William was left with two more 
motherless children. 

On March 21, 1914, William married Emma Elizabeth 


Hughs. To this union were born six children, Winona, 
William George Hughs, Beulah, Chester Reed, Leathmae, 
and LaRena. This period of William’s life was very 
satisfying and fulfilling, yet very busy. He loved farming 
and raising livestock, he pruned and cared for the or¬ 
chard, harvesting and marketing beautiful fruit. He sold 
his cattle and went into the sheep business, he proved 
upon grazing homesteads at Dripin Rock near Rangley 
Colorado, where his sheep wintered, and then he would 
trail them to the summer range at Paradise Park on 
Moseby Mountain. 

A public service that brought great satisfaction to 
William was assisting during the construction of the 
Maeser Ward Chapel in 1929. He took a very active part in 
soliciting and serving on committees to raise funds for the 
building. 

After retiring he took great pride in raising a garden 
every year, which he shared with his many friends. 
William died January 4, 1959, in the Uintah County 
hospital, after an illness. His wife Elizabeth preceded him, 
she died Aug. 19, 1943. 



William Ashby Murray and children Monille, Clarence, Bessie, 
Beatrice. 


WILLIAM ASHBY MURRAY 

William Ashby Murray, born June 21, 1882 in Spanish 
Fork, Utah, Utah. Baptized June 16, 1966, endowed Jan. 3, 
1967 and sealed Bet 1969 SL. Married Oct. 19, 1901 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Died Jan. 4, 1959 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, and was buried Jan. 7, 1959 in Vernal. Father, 
Jeremiah Hatch Murray, and mother, Mary Ashby. Other 
wives: (2) Nov. 9, 1909 Emma Estella Woodruff (sld 10 
Dec. 1968 SL) (d) March 21, 1914 to Emma Elizabeth (sld 
Feb. 25, 1970 SL). 


239 






Wife, (1) Beatrice Manellie Howarth, born July 11, 
1884 in Meadow, Millard, Utah. Baptized Aug. 26, 1947 
and endowed March 22, 1949. Died March 22, 1907 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Buried March 24, 1907 in Vernal. 
Father, James Howarth, mother Mary Jane Alger. 
Children: 

Manellie Marie Murray, born June 12, 1902 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 1910, Reb. Jan. 13, 1976, 
endowed Feb. 13, 1976. Sealed to parents March 17, 1976. 
Married April 17, 1923 to Orin Reich. Died Feb. 13, 1974. 

Clarence James Murray, born Dec. 28, 1903 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 3, 1912, endowed 
July 29, 1952 and sealed to parents Feb. 23, 1976. Married 
Sept. 1, 1928 to Ruth Nyberg. Died March 12, 1966. 

Bessie Murray, born May 12, 1905 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized May 2, 1914 and endowed Sept. 1, 1966. 
Sealed to parents Feb. 4, 1969 in Salt Lake. Married Aug. 
12, 1928 to Anthony Eliason. Died Aug. 16, 1932. 

Beatrice “H" Murray, bom, Feb. 13, 1907 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 13, 1915. Married June 28, 
1931 to Enos Leland Bennion. 



Orin and Nellie Murray Reich. Son Lawrence Eugene Reich 


ORIN REICH 

Orin Reich, married April 17, 1923, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Father Henry Reich. 

Wife, Manellie Marie Murray, bom June 12, 1902 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 1910 Reb. Jan. 13, 
1976 an endowed Feb. 13, 1976. Sealed Jan. 17, 1976. Died 
Jan 13, 1974 in Las Vegas, Clark Nevada. Buried Jan. 17, 
1974 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father, William Ashby 
Murray, and mother, Beatrice Manellie Howarth. 

Children: 

Lawrence Eugene Reich, born Aug. 17, 1923 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Dec. 4, 1973, and en¬ 
dowed March 19, 1974. Died July 16, 1970. 

Dorothy Reich, bom in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 

Clarence Ralph Reich, bom July 3, 1928 in American 
Fork, Utah, Utah. Baptized Dec. 4, 1973 and endowed 
March 18, 1974. Died March 24, 1951. 

Carrol Ann Reich, American Fork, Utah, Utah. 


MANELLIE MARIE MURRAY 

Manellie Marie Murray, bom June 2, 1902, in Vernal, 
Uintah County, Utah, to William Ashby and Beatrine 
Manellie Howarth. Nellie became partially blind with a 
childhood illness. Grandmother Mary Murray took her to 
Salt Lake City doctors, trying every way to get help for 
her. Like the good Murray blood in her veins, this was no 
handicap for her at all. She learned all the house making 
skills, cooking, sewing, crocheting and became an asset to 
her family. 

Nellie worked as a housekeeper, and at the hotels, 
and restaurants Nellie always had a job. She married Orin 
Reich, in Vernal, Utah, April 17, 1923, and lived there for 
several years. 

Lawrence Eugene was born in Vernal, and Dorothy 
was also born in Vernal. They moved to American Fork, 
Clarence Ralph and Carol Ann were born there. They 
moved to Ely, Nevada where they spent several years. 

Nellie sewed dresses for her little girls with the aid of 
a guide that fit onto her machine. Nellie was a good house 
keeper. Nellie lost her son Ralph in World War II. 

On April 25, 1951, Nellie and Orin were divorced. 
Nellie took Carol Ann and worked as a house keeper for 
Frances Horrocks all one winter in Las Vegas, Nev. and 
made her home in Las Vegas. She organized an American 
Legion Auxiliary and the Gold Star Mother project. She 
was active in the blind center there also, and taught 
sewing and hand work. 

Nellie learned of the death of her son Lawrence 
Eugene. In South America they lived on a plantation in 
the interior and she could not get any word to or from his 
family. He was buried the day after he died. 

Nellie loved her family and the aunts and uncles. 
Especially the cousins, and was proud of her Murray 
heritage. 


£ 



Lawrence Eugene Reich 
Second Ward War 28762501 


240 











DOROTHY REICH GAL YEAN 


Dorothy Reich Galyean and children; Lois Mae Anderson, Toni 
Carlotta Cook, Roy Alan Cook (Galyean). 


Dorothy Reich Galyean, born Feb. 23, 1925, in 
Vernal, Utah. Parents, father, Orin Reich, and mother, 
Manellie Marie Murray. Husbands (1) Lavor Anderson (2) 
James Cook (3) Robert Galyean. Children: Lois Mae 
Anderson, Roy Alan Cook (Galyean), Toni Carlotta Cook. 


The Galyeans — Jeffuary, Nancy, Gregory, Roy, Alanna. 
ROY ALAN COOK (GALYEAN) 

Roy Alan Cook (Galyean), born May 13, 1942 in 


LAWRENCE EUGENE REICH 

Lawrence Eugene Reich, bom Aug. 16, 1923. Bap¬ 
tized March 19, 1933. Endowed Feb. 13, 1976. Died, July 
21, 1970. Father, Orin Reich, and mother, Manellie Marie 
Murray. Wife, Nasha. Children, Imelda Reich. 


Lois Mae Anderson Gray, Nancy Gary Moran holding Nicole. 
Marie Moran, Miles Moran holding Rocky Lane Bausch and 
Floyd Gray ceated on the floor. 


Kris Allen Gray holding Rocky Lane Bausch, Ronald Scott and 
Floy Ann Gray. 

FLOYD GRAY 

Floyd Gray, bom April 4, 1932 in Grand Junction 
Colorado. Married June 14, 1957 in Grand Junction, 
Colorado. Wife, Lois Mae Anderson. Bom March 8, 1940 
in Price, Utah. Mother, Dorothy Riech. Father, Lavor 
Anderson. 






McGill, Nevada. Married, Aug. 15, 1964 in Las Vegas 
Nevada. Father, James Cook, and Mother, Dorothy. 

Wife, Nancy Ann Damen. Born June 10, 1943 in 
Evanston, Cook, Illinois. Baptized Oct. 19, 1978. Father, 
Walter James Damen. Mother, Irene Just. 

Children: 

Gregory Allen Galyean, Sept. 25, 1971 in Las Vegas 
Nevada. Baptized, March 1, 1980. 

Jeffery Allen Galyean, May 12, 1973, Las Vegas 
Nevada. 

Alanna Irene Galyean, bom July 3, 1975 in Las 
Vegas, Nevada. 


ROY ALLEN COOK GALYEAN 

I was bom in McGill, Nevada, to James Cook and 
Dorothy Reich, but was raised most of my childhood by 
my stepfather, Robert Galyean and mother in Wyoming. I 
had my named changed legally to Galyean. I spent my 
grade school years in Wyoming and junior high and high 
school years in Colorado where we moved after my 
stepfather died. Upon graduation I moved to Las Vegas, 
Nevada, where I now live, to attend the University of 
Nevada, Las Vegas. I received my degree in Business 
Administration and Accounting. During this time I had to 
put my college aside for a few years to serve in the army. I 
spent most of the time serving at Ft. Hood, Texas. I 
worked for a number of years with an accounting firm and 
then was invited to join the Union Plaza Hotel as their 
comptroller, at which time I became treasurer of the 
board. A year ago I became vice-president of finance to 
the Scoot Corporation, who is the owner of the Union 
Plaza. 

■, I enjoy hunting and fishing but have little time to take 
an active part. I bought a cabin near Las Vegas and enjoy 
fixing it up in my free time. My favorite sport is basketball 
and I attend every game of UNLV Runner Rabies. I enjoy 
them so much that my wife and I travel to various parts of 
the country to watch them play. 

I met and married my wife, Nancy, while we both 
attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she 
received her degree in education. She taught school for a 
number of years before she had our three children. She is 
active in various clubs and has held many positions with 
each. She enjoys playing on a tennis team and just started 
this year to take up skiing. 

We have three children who keep us busy with their 
games and bundle of energy. Gregory who is eight plays 
soccer and baseball. He has also tried skiing this winer and 
likes it. He was baptized this past week and likes Church 
and Cub Scouts. Jeffery also plays soccer and likes 
swimming and enjoys all active games. He is six years old 
and is in the first grade. He is a very loving and giving boy, 
also likes to express his feeling for others. Alanna is four 
and goes to pre-school. She likes to swim and she takes 
gymnastics classes. She likes to be dressed up pretty in 
dresses. She has a very positive outlook about herself and 
is very determined about her likes and dislikes. She should 
be a leader like her mother. 



Michael, Toni, Couriney, Steven, Stephanie, Steve Allen. 


TONI COOK ALLEN 

I was born in Rupert, Idaho, to the parents, James 
Cook and Dorothy Reich. William Ashby Murray was my 
great-grandfather through my mother’s side of the family. 
When I was small, my sister and brother and I were raised 
in Wyoming by our stepfather, Robert Galyean and 
mother. In 1956 my stepfather died and our mother moved 
us to Grand Junction, Colorado. We lived there five years 
during which time my sister married and my brother 
graduated from high school. My sister still lives in 
Colorado but we moved to Las Vegas so my brother could 
attend college. I was attending high school and I also 
received my license for the state of Nevada as a Hair¬ 
dresser. 

I met and married my husband while we were in high 
school. I have now lived in Las Vegas for twenty years and 
feel this is my hometown. I love the people and the op¬ 
portunity this beautiful city has to offer. I enjoy skiing and 
tennis is my one love of sports. I play on a city league for 
the Tropicana Hotel with my sister-in-law. We now hold 
first and second place trophies for our playing the past two 
years. I also teach Primary and coach the senior girls 
basketball team. We came in first place this year and I feel 
that is a great achievement, mainly because I’ve never 
played the game. But I’ve had experience warming the 
bench while my three children and husband play on many 
teams. 

My husband, Steve, having been born in Las Vegas, 
is a native of 35 years. Steve is a graduate of the University 
of Nevada, Las Vegas where he received his degree in 
Business Administration. He is self-employed and has his 
business in property development and property 
management. His main business is in small shopping 
centers of which he has developed about five or six. He 
also enjoys working with his friends putting together deals 
for investment or income projects. He is active in sports, 
coaching his sons in city league and playing in city and 
church league himself. 

We have built our own home and enjoy it with our 
four children, who are a special blessing to us. Michael 
who is seventeen and a junior in high school, is active with 


242 





church and he enjoys tennis and skiing. He plans on going 
to BYU and would like to go on a mission for the church. 
Michael is also in the top of his class for grades. He is very 
smart and loves to learn. 

Stephanie is fourteen and in the ninth grade. She 
enjoys school, sports and her many friends. She also 
enjoys Church of which she holds and does many jobs. 
Her sport is skiing but does like any other sport that is 
playing for the season. 

Steven is twelve and is active in all sports. He plays on 
teams in football, basketball and baseball. He is the shy 
one of the family and has just joined the Church as of last 
week. He loves being with us, his family, and has a great 
compassion for his loved ones and friends. Courtney is the 
joy of all of us, being the baby in a family of older children 
is a position she takes great joy in having. They all tend to 
spoil and love her to a great degree. She is extremely 
smart and loveable and we hope she develops many in¬ 
terests as she grows. 

We have a great love and respect for each other — 
fight a lot, but we have a special family and we are grateful 
for this. We also are glad to be a part of the Jeremiah 
Hatch Murray family and hope one day to meet others of 
his descendants. 

STEVEN ALLEN 

Steven Allen, born December 3, 1944 in Las Vegas, 
Clark, Neavda. Baptized July 24, 1979. Married September 
24, 1962. Father, John William Allen, and mother, Edith 
Fern Jernander. 

Wife, Toni Carlotta Cook, born Feb. 21, 1946 in 
Rupert, Mndk., Idaho. Baptized July 24, 1979. Father, 
James Alan Cook, and Mother, Dorothy Reich. 

Children: 

Michael Steven Allen, bom Feb. 24, 1963, Clark 
Nevada, Baptized Aug. 5, 1977. 

Stephanie Laurie Allen, born June 4, 1965, Las Vegas, 
Clark, Nevada. Baptized Feb. 3, 1978. 

Steven Boyd Allen, bom Aug. 29, 1967 in Las Vegas, 
Clark, Nevada. Baptized March 1, 1980. 

Courtney Michelle Allen, bom Jan. 27, 1977, Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nevada. 

CLARENCE RALPH REICH 

VERNAL (Special)— Cpl. Clarence Ralph Reich, 22, 
son of Mrs. Nellie Marie Reich, Vernal, and Orin Reich, 
Arco, Ida., was killed in action in Korea, March 24, ac¬ 
cording to a telegram from the secretary of the army to his 
mother here. 

He was in infantry. Cpl. Reich had served in the army 
from Jan. 1949 to Jan. 1950 and returned to service 
August, 1950 as a member of the reserves. 

Going to Korea after a short furlough in October, he 
was at the Chunjin reservoir where he was trapped and 
evacuated from North Korea in December. His feet were 
badly frozen and he was hospitalized for treatment. He 
also was in Pusan. v 

Cpl. Reich was bom in American Fork, July 3, 1928. 



Clarence Ralph Reich and daughter, Mary Jodene. 

He was graduated from the White Pine High School, Ely 
Nevada. He had served with the Nevada National Guard. 
Cpl. Reich was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints and served in the priesthood. 

He is survived by his parents, his widow, Mrs. Ileen 
Woodbridge Reich, Arco, Ida.; one brother and two 
sisters, Lawrence Eugene Reich serving with the U.S. 
army; Carol Ann Reich, Vernal, and Mrs. Dorothy 
Galyean, Glen Rock, Wyo. and a grandfather, William 
Murray, Vernal. 


Henry Ulysses Lang, wife Carol Reich Lang holding Leuis Wayne 
Purrington (a grandson) Anna Marie Branch Purrington holding 
Renee Roshell Purrington (daughter) and Randle Wayne 
Purrington. 


CAROL LANG 

Carol Lang, daughter of Nellie Murray and Orin 
Reich of Vernal, Utah was born in McGill, Nevada. She 
attended school in Vernal from the fifth grade. While at 
Uintah High School she went to state with pantomime in 
drama and percussion in band. 

She is a pianist. She has stuided dress-making and 
interior decoration. Because her mother was blind, Carol 
worked with the blind in Southern Nevada for several 
years. Henry Lang was bom in Wisconsin and raised in 


243 







North Dakota. He started his career in surveying upon 
leaving school. For many years he worked with the Corp 
of Engineers and the B.L.M. While on assignment at 
Yellowstone National Park in 1969, he was baptized in the 
Fire Hole River. Mr. Lang is an accomplished leather 
craftsman. 

Carol’s daughter, Anna, and husband Randy, live in 
Nevada. Randy is engaged in construction, after three 
years as foreman for Southern Bolt and Screw Company. 
Anna is working in the gaming industry as a twenty one 
dealer. They have two children; Louis and Renee. Anna 
assisted her mother with the blind as a child and was loved 
by all. Anna was bom in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. 
Purrington hails from Oakland, California. The 
Purringtons and Langs are purchasing property that 
adjoins and looking forward to making it self-sufficient. 


Clarence James, Ruth Nyberg Murray. 



Clarence Murray and wife Ruth Nyberg Murray and sons Jay, 


Howard, Dallas and Mac. 


CLARENCE JAMES MURRAY 

Clarence James Murray was bom Dec. 28, 1903 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 3, 1912, endowed 
July 29, 1952, and sealed July 29, 1952. Married Sept. 1, 


1928 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Died March 12, 1966 in Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Buried in Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah. Father, William Ashby Murray and 
mother, Beatrice Manellie Howarth. 

Wife, Ruth Nyberg, bom Aug. 1909 in Moroni, 
Sanpete, Utah. Baptized July 5, 1919 and endowed July 29, 
1952. Sealed July 29, 1952. Father John August Nyberg, 
and mother, Barbara Kump. 

Children: 

Jay Clarence Murray, bom June 27, 1929 in Lapoint, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 5, 1939, endowed Oct. 20, 
1949 and sealed to parents July 29, 1952. Married Oct. 20, 
1949 to Joyce Hayes. 

David Howard Murray, bom July 17, 1932 in Lapoint, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 28, 1943, endowed Dec. 28, 
1955, and sealed June 26, 1953. Married Sept. 26, 1954 to 
Jean Vertrice Trent. 

Dallas Ervin Murray, bora Jan. 26, 1935 in Lapoint, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 28, 1943, sealed Jan. 18, 1957 
and sealed July 29, 1952. Married Oct. 28, 1955 Martha 
Louise Jack. 

Fred Mac Murray, bom Feb. 17, 1944 in Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah. Baptized April 27, 1952, endowed Sept. 
18, 1964, and sealed July 29, 1952. Married Sept. 18, 1964 
to Glenna Iorg. 

Clarence James Murray was bom December 28, 1903 
at Vernal, Utah, the son of William Ashby and Beatrice 
Monellie Howarth Murray. He was the second child in a 
family of four having one sister older and two younger 
than himself. His mother died when he was three years 
old. 

He and his sisters made their home with their 
grandparents for a few years until their father remarried. 

He suffered with rhuematic fever as a child which left 
him with a heart condition. 

Clarence received his schooling at the Maeser 
School. Due to the man power shortage during World War 
I he went to herd sheep so his education was limited. 
Shortly after the war he and his father formed a part¬ 
nership and bought a herd of sheep. 

On September 1, 1928, he married Ruth Nyberg. In 
the spring of 1929 Clarence sold his part of the sheep 
business and bought a farm in LaPoint. The drought and 
depression of the early thirties made it necessary for them 
to leave the LaPoint area. 

They then moved to Whiterocks in 1935 where they 
lived for 21 years. Clarence was a farmer and rancher and 
took great pride in his livestock. He enjoyed driving a 
good team and always had a saddle horse to be proud of. 
When the horse power days were over he was one of the 
first in our area to have mechanized farm machinery. He 
was a hard worker and always had the best crops in the 
area. He taught all his sons the value of good honest work. 
There was nothing he enjoyed more than getting a run 
down piece of ground and developing it into a productive 
acreage. He believed in purchasing the best seed 
available. 

While living in Whiterocks the Whiterocks Ward was 
organized. There the Murray family became active in the 
church. Both Clarence and Ruth held leadership positions 




244 





in the Whiterocks Ward. Clarence being Sunday School 
president and Ruth, president of the YWMIA along with 
various teaching positions at the same time. The Ward was 
small and everyone worked hard to build the little Chapel, 
but it was a joyful and satisfying experience and there was 
a close bond of fellowship and brotherhood among the 
members. 

On the 29th of July, 1952 Clarence and Ruth received 
their endowments in the Logan Temple and had three of 
their four sons sealed to them. Their second son David 
Howard was in the U.S. Navy at this time so he was sealed 
to his parents a year later just three weeks before his 21st 
birthday. 

In the fall of 1955 they purchasd a ranch in Myton. 
Moving there in April 1956. This was another challenge 
for Clarence this ranch was run down and required a lot of. 
hard wgrk. He filed on water and improved springs and 
improved his water supply and soon had crops to be proud 
of. 

In the /all of 1964 Clarence began to have trouble 
with his heart. His doctor in Roosevelt referred him to a 
heart specialist in Salt Lake City. He was treated there for 
about a year then he was advised to have open heart 
surgery to repair the damage that had been done by the 
rheumatic fever he had suffered as a child. The surgery 
was not successful and he passed away March 12, 1966. 
Claremce was a kind and loving husband and father. He 
loved his home and his family. He was a good neighbor 
and all who knew him loved him. 



Jay Clarence and Joyce Hayes Murray, and boys Jay Randall, 
Carl and James Von. 


JAY CLARENCE MURRAY 

Jay Clarence Murray, born June 27, 1929 in LaPoint, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized, Aug. 5, 1939, endowed Oct. 20, 
1949, and sealed Oct. 20, 1949 in Salt Lake. Married Oct. 
20, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Father, 
Clarence James Murray, and mother, Ruth Nyberg. 

Wife, Joyce Hayes, born Feb. 19, 1931 in Lapoint, 
Uintah, Utah. Endowed Oct. 20, 1949. Father, Leland 
Hayes, and mother, Welma Norton. 

Children: 


Jay Randall Murray, born Jan. 29, 1951 in Logan, 
Cache, Utah. Baptized, May 2, 1959. 

James Von Murray, March 27, 1958 in Ithaca, Tm- 
pkns, New York. 

Carl Murray (adopted) born Dec. 8, 1960 in Las 
Vegas, Clark, Nevada. 

Jay grew up on Farm Creek and graduated from 
Alterra High School. Upon graduation from high school in 
1947, Jay enrolled in Utah State University and received 
the BS degree in Agronomy. In 1951 he was called into the 
army and spent one year in Korea. He received the rank of 
First Lt. 

After discharge from the army he attended Colorado 
A and M and received a Master's Degree. He later 
received a PhD from Cornell University in Biochemistry 
and Genetics. In 1959, he joined the faculty of Oklahoma 
University and worked on cotton breeding and later grass 
breeding. In 1969, he was promoted to Director of 
Agricultural Research at Oklahoma State University 
which is the position he currently holds. 

He has always been active in the church. Among his 
callings he has served seven years as the bishop of the 
Stillwater Ward, several years on the high council, scout 
master, and first councilor in two stake presidencies. He is 
currently first councilor in the stake presidency of 
Oklahoma City Stake. He has also been active in Rotary 
Clubs where he has been president of the Stillwater Club 
and is the upcoming governor for Oklahoma Rotary 
Clubs. 

Personal History: 

Jay Clarence Murray was born June 27, 1929, the son 
of Clarence J. Murray and Ruth Nyberg Murray. He grew 
up on Farm Creek and graduated from Alterra High 
School. He married Joyce Hayes of Lapoint in the Salt 
Lake Temple on October 20, 1949. They have three sons, 
Jay Randy, born January 29,1951, James Von, bom March 
25, 1958, and Carl Edward born Dec. 8, 1960. 

Upon graduation from high school in 1947, Jay 
enrolled in Utah State University and received the BS 
degree in Agronomy. In 1951 he was called into the army 
and spent one year in Korea and received the rank of First 
Lt. 

After discharge from the Army, he attended 
Colorado A and M and received a Masters Degree. He 
later received a PhD from Cornell University in 
Biochemistry and Genetics. In 1959, he joined the faculty 
of Oklahoma State University and worked on cotton 
breeding and later grass breeding. In 1969 he was 
promoted to Director of Agricultural Research at 
Oklahoma State University which is the position he 
currently holds. 

He has always been active in the church. Among his 
callings, he has served seven years as the bishop on the 
Stillwater Ward, several years on the high council, scout 
master, and first councilor in two stake presidencies. He is 
currently first councilor in the stake presidency of 
Oklahoma City Stake. 

He has also been active in Rotary Clubs where he has 
been president of the Stillwater Club and is the upcoming 
Governor for Oklahoma Rotary Clubs. 


245 




DAVID HOWARD MURRAY 


David Howard Murray, born July 17, 1932 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 28, 1943, endowed Dec. 28, 
1955, and sealed Dec. 28, 1955. Married Sept. 26, 1954, 
Proctorville, Lawrence, Ohio. Father, Clarence James 
Murray, and mother, Ruth Nyberg. 

Wife, Jean Vertrice Trent. Born Dec. 11, 1933 in 
Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia. Father, Lewis Henry 
Trent, and mother, Beulah Beckett. Baptized Dec. 5, 1954, 
and endowed Dec. 28, 1955. 

Children: 

David Trent Murray, born Dec. 11, 1963 in Oxford, 
Butler, Ohio BIC. 

Michael Trent Murray, bom Jan. 13, 1964 in 
Columbus, Franklin, Ohio Sid, Jan. 1968. 

Jill Trent Murray, born Aug. 3, 1967 in Zanesville, 
Mskng, Ohio, Sid, Jan. 1968. 

Ann Trent Murray, bom Dec. 29, 1968, Sid Jan. 1968. 


DALLAS ERVIN MURRAY 


Dallas Ervin Murray, bom Jan. 26, 1935 in LaPoint, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 28, 1943, endowed Jan. 18, 
1957, and sealed Jan. 18, 1957. Married Oct. 28, 1955 in 
Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. Father, Clarence James 
Murray, and mother, Ruth Nyberg. 

Wife, Martha Louise Jack, bom Nov. 9, 1931 in 
Glendale, Marshall, West Virginia. Baptized, Jan. 18, 
1957, endowed Jan. 18, 1957. Father, Clifford Louis Jack, 
and mother, Myrtle Irene Johns. 

Children: 

Tamra Murray, bora June 17, 1958 in Logan, Cache, 
Utah. Baptized, July 3, 1966 BIC. Married Sept. 24, 1966, 
BIC. Married Sept. 24, 1976 to Randy Lee Quick. 


246 


Standing, Dallas, Mac, Howard. Seated, Clarence, James Von, (a 
grandson) and Jay Murray. 


Clifford Jack Murray (adopted) born Oct. 9, 1963 in 
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. 

William James Murray, born Oct. 15, 1966 in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah TIC. 

Jeffery Scott Murray, born Nov. 28, 1967 in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah, BIC. 


RANDY LEE QUICK 


Raney Lee Quick, born April 24, 1958. Baptized May 
1, 1966 and Married Sept. 24, 1976 in Myton, Duchesne, 
Utah. Father, Max Eldon Quick, and mother, Glenna 
Clements. 

Wife, Tamra Murray, born June 17, 1958 in Logan, 
Cache, Utah. Batpzied, July 3, 1966. Father, Dallas Ervin 
Murray, and mother, Martha Louise Jack. 

Children: Stephanie Quick, bora April 15, 1977 in 
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake; Utah. 


FRED MAC MURRAY 

Fred Mac Murray, born Feb. 17, 1944 in Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah. Baptized April 27, 1952, endowed Sept. 
18, 1964 and sealed Sept. 18, 1964. Married Sept. 18, 1964. 
Father, Clarence James Murray, and mother, Ruth 
Nyberg. 

Wife, Glenna Vee Iorg, born Nov. 9, 1943 in Mt. 
Emmons, Duchesne, Utah. Baptized Feb. 7, 1953, en¬ 
dowed Sept. 18, 1964. Father, Glenn Hershel Iorg, and 
mother, Danna Vee Hansen. 


David Howard Murray, wife Jean and children David T., Jill T., 
Anne T„ Michael T. 






Children, Melanie Lynn Murray, Dec. 11, 1965 in Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. 

Mitzie Lee Marray, born Dec. 29, 1976, Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. 

BESSIE MURRAY 

Anthony Eliason, born April 7, 1897 in Rockland, 
Idaho. Baptized April 7, 1904. Married August 12, 1928 in 
Steamboat Springs, Routt, Colorado. 

Wife, Bessie Murray, born May 12, 1905 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized May 2, 1914 and endowed Sept. 1, 
1966. Died Aug. 16, 1932 in Meeker, Rio Blanco, 
Colprado, and buried August 17, 1932 in Rio Blanco. 
Father, William Ashby Murray, and mother, Beatrice 
Manellie Howarth. 

Children: 

Patty Jane Eliason, bom Jan. 1, 1930 in American 
Falls, Idaho. Married Oct. 26, to Albert D. Morgan. 

PATTY JANE ELIASEN 

Albert D. Morgan, bom Sept. 23, 1923 in Thomas, 
Washington. Married Oct. 26, in Moses Lake, 
Washington. Father, Homer Morgan, and mother, Anna 
Berklee. 

Wife, Patty Jane Eliasen, born Jan. 1, 1930 in 
American Falls, Idaho. Father, Antone Eliasen, and 
mother, Bessie Murray. 

Children: 

Bruce Alen Morgan, bom Nov. 7, 1950 in Renton, 
King Washington. 

Brent Dayton Morgan, bom Dec. 14, 1951 in Renton, 
King, Washington. 

Carole Jane Morgan, bom Aug. 12, 1953 in Renton, 
King, Washington. Married April 29, 1972 to Michnel 
Carrier. 

Nancy June Morgan, born May 25, 1955 in Renton, 
King, Washington. Married May 1, 1976 to James M. 
Mulvihill. 


BEATRICE H. MURRAY 

Enos Leland Bennion, bom April 20, 1901 in 
Taylorsville, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Sept. 4, 1909 and 
endowed Dec. 6, 1965. Married Jan. 28, 1932 in Price, 
Carbon, Utah. Died March 11, 1962 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, and buried March 14, 1962 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. 
Father, Enos Bennion, and mother, Jane Mackay. 

Wife, Beatrice H. Murray, bom Feb. 12, 1907 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized April 3, 1915. Father, 
William Ashby Murray, and mother, Beatrice Manellie 
Howarth. 

Children: 

Enos Leland Bennion, bom April 1, 1933 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Oct. 14, 1941. Married Oct. 18, 
1956 to Marilyn Robins. 

David K. Bennion, born Jan. 2, 1941 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized April 30, 1949. Married to Susan 
Daines. 



Carole Lee Bennion, born June 6, 1942 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 5, 1950 and endowed June 5, 
1962. Married June 5, 1962 to Francis Andrew Palmer. 

Beatrice M. Bennion was born February 12, 1907 to 
William A. Murray and Beatrice Howarth Murray. My 
mother died March 22, 1907, leaving three other children, 
Nellie, Clarence and Bessie. Dad needing help with the 
family moved in with grandmother Murray. No milk 
available at this time agreed with me. My Aunt Lizzie 
Karren took me to her home so I could be breast fed along 
with her baby, Victor. When I was two years old, my 
Father married Aunt Stella, November 9, 1909. At this 
time they took me to their home so we children could be 
raised together. Aunt Stella was a wonderful mother, but 
unfortunately on March 5, 1913, she died suddenly with 
spinal menengitis. She left along with me, two little girls, 
Clara and Virginia. Grandmother Murray again moved in 
with Dad to assist with the family. The Karrens who had 
become attached to me, at this time wanted me back to 
live with them. Dad consented to this arrangement and 
this became my permanent home. My Uncle Dave and 
Aunt Lizzie were always kind to me and treated me as one 
of their own. I had a secure good home and a very happy 
childhood with the Karren family. Lula Karren, through 
two and one-half years younger than I was, we had a 
special relationship working and playing together. This 
close relationship has carried throughout our lives. I also 
experienced a closeness to all the family. 

The summers while homesteading on Blue Mountain 
were both exciting and unique. We looked forward to 
going to the homestead and living in the cabin during the 
summers while proving up on the land. The first eight 
years of my schooling was in a four-room school in Ashley 
Ward. I graduated from Uintah High School in 1926. I 
received my teaching certificate from Brigham Young 
University in 1928. I taught the second grade at Central 
School in Vernal from 1928 to 1932. 

On January 30, 1932,1 married Enos Leland Bennion 


247 



at Price, Utah. We were parents of three children: Enos 
Leland, born April 1, 1933; David K. Bennion, bom 
January 2, 1941, and Carol Lee Bennion, born June 6, 
1942. Lee operated the Bennion’ ranches which he was 
owner in an undivided interest with his brother and sister. 
He also kept books for Ashton Brothers Company. On 
March 11,1962, he died suddenly of a heart attack. Out of 
necessity and loneliness, I worked at the Ute Trading Post. 
Then later I worked as a clerk at Hotel Vernal. 

After David left for school I closed up my home and 
lived at Motel Utah where I was manager for six years. At 
this time I retired in a nice home where I presently live. I 
keep busy with my hobbies, sewing, handwork and gar¬ 
dening. I have nine grandchildren, four boys and five girls. 



Enos Leland. Maryilyn Robins Bennion and children Susan and 
Annette. 


ENOS LELAND BENNION 

Enos Leland Bennion, born April 1, 1933 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Married Oct. 18, 1956 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Father, Enos Leland Bennion, and mother, Beatrice 
H. Murray. 

Wife, Marilyn Robins, born June 3, 1934 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Father, Stanley Robins, and mother, Lila 
drivers. 

Children; 

Susan Bennion, born May 9, 1961 in Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah. 

248 


Annette Bennion, born July 27, 1962 in Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. 

Enos Leland Bennion was bom April 1, 1933 in 
Vernal, Utah. He was the son of Beatrice Murray and 
Enos Leland Bennion, Sr. He was bom and raised in the 
Enos Bennion home in Vernal, Utah. He attended schools 
in the Uintah School District, where he was very active in 
sports. Most of his early years were spent working on the 
Bennion farms in Vernal with his father and brother, 
David. He graduated from Uintah High School in May, 
1951. 

He attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, 
where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and active 
in intermural sports. During the summer months he 
worked at a variety of jobs, such as construction work, 
service station work and farm work with his father. He 
graduated from USU in May, 1956 with a Bachelor of 
Science Degree in Industrial engineering and a com¬ 
mission as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He 
reported for service in the army in July of 1956 at 
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He was stationed 
there until October. 

On October 18, 1956 he married Marilyn Robins, a 
daughter of Lila Lois Chivers and Stanton Leonard 
Robins. They moved to White Sands Missile Range in New 
Mexico to live for two years while Enos was stationed 
there in the Army Ordinance Corps. Enos was assigned to 
work in the Adjutant General’s office in program manager 
type work on various missile systems being developed at 
the proving ground. 

Enos was released from the army in June, 1958 and 
began working for Thiokol Corporation in Brigham City, 
Utah. He has worked as a program manager in that 
corporation since that time, especially associated with the 
Minuteman, MX and other missile propulsion systems. 

Enos and Marilyn are the parents of two daughters. 
Susan was born May 9, 1961, and Annette was born July 
27, 1963. Susan is a freshman attending Utah State 
University. Annette is a junior in Box Elder High School 
in Brigham City, Utah. Marilyn is a teacher at Box Elder 
High School. 

Enos’ special interests include gardening, skiing, 
fishing and golfing. His favorite spectator sport is football. 

The family now resides at 756 North 200 West in 
Brigham City, Utah. 

DAVID K. BENNION 

David K. Bennion, born Jan. 2, 1941 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Married July 3, 1968. Father, Enos Leland 
Bennion, and mother, Beatrice H. Murray. 

Wife, Susan Daines, born Feb. 9, Logan, Cache, Utah. 

Children: Natalie Marchant Bennion. 

David K. Bennion was bom in Vernal, Utah, January 
2. 1941. He attended Vernal schools and graduated from 
Uintah High School in 1959. While in high school, he was 
active in student athletics and served as student body 
president. He attended Utah State University and 
graduated with a B.S. in Engineering in 1967 and an M.S. 


■UftilluMMIRi 






s«•?* 


FRANCIS ANDREW PALMER 




Virginia and Clara daughters of William and Estella Woodruff 
Murray. 


Francis Andrew Palmer, born Dec. 11, 1931 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Married June 5, 1962 in Logan, 
Cache, Utah. Baptized Aug. 3, 1940 and endowed Oct. 7, 
1954. Sealed June 5, 1962 in Logan. Father, Heber Charles 
Palmer, and mother, Ethel Mary Vernon. 

Wife, Carol Lee Bennion. Born June 6, 1942 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 5, 1950, and en¬ 
dowed June 5, 1962. Sealed June 3, 1962 in Logan. Father, 
Enos Leland Bennion, and mother, Beatrice H. Murray. 

Children: 

David Blaine Palmer, born Jan. 19, 1963 in Mon- 
ticello, San Juan, Utah. Baptized, Feb. 5, 1971, BIC. 

Andrew Lee Palmer, Bom July 10, 1964 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 5, 1972, BIC. 

Maralee Palmer, born Oct. 21, 1966 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Nov. 2, 1974. BIC. 

Lara Lee Palmer bom June 8, 1968 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah, BIC. 

Jeffery Charles Palmer, born April 26, 1971 at St. 
George, Washington, Utah, BIC. 

Leland Charles Palmer, bora April 2, 1973 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, BIC. 


in Structural Engineering in 1968. 

He married Susan Blair Daines on July 3, 1968. They 
have a daughter, Natalie Marchant Bennion, born March 
13, 1978. David is employed by CH2M-Hill Engineers 
where he is Structural-Architectural Division Manager in 
the Central District. David has been active in the Idaho 
Jaycees, serving in many local offices and as state 
president of the Idaho Jaycees in 1976. He is also active in 
professional organizations and was named the Out¬ 
standing Young Engineer in Idaho by the Idaho Society of 
Professional Engineers in 1976. Their home address: 2300 
Scyene Way, Boise, Idaho 83702. 


David "K”, Susan Daines Bennion and daughter Matalee Mar- 
chant. 1 


William Ashby and Emma Estella Woodruff, Murray. 


249 




WILLIAM ASHBY MURRAY 

William Ashby Murray, born June 21, 1882 in Spanish 
Fork, Utah, Utah. Baptized June 16 1966, endowed Jan. 3, 
1967, and sealed Dec. 10, 1968 in Salt Lake. Married Nov. 
9, 1909 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Died Jan. 4, 1959 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah, and buried Jan. 7, 1959 in Maeser 
Fairview Cemetery. Father, Jeremiah Hatch Murray, and 
mother, Mary Ashby. Wives (1) Oct. 19, 1901 to Beatrice 
Manellie Howarth, (3) March 21, 1914 to Emma Elizabeth 
Hughes. 

Wife (2) Emma Estella Woodruff, born Jan. 31, 1888 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 3, 18%, endowed 
May 21, 1929, and sealed to husband Dec. 10, 1968, Salt 
Lake. Died March 5, 1913 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Buried 
March 1913 in Maeser Fairview Cemetery. Father, Henry 
Azmon Woodruff, and mother, Emma Manella Woodruff. 

Children: 

Clara Margaret Murray, born July 9, 1912. Baptized 
Sept. 4, 1920, endowed Dec. 7, 1931 and sealed to parents 
Dec. 10, 1968 in Salt Lake. Married Sept. 28, 1931 to 
Archie Dee Jenkins. 



Elmer and Virginia Murray Trevenen and daughter Deborah 
Bartiet. 


VIRGINIA MURRAY TREVENEN 

Virginia Murray, bom Oct. 9, 1910 in Maeser, Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized April 5, 1919. Father, William 
Ashby Murray, and mother, Emma Estella Woodruff. 
Husbands: (1) Archie McCain, Sept. 26, 1930 (div). (2) 
Samuel Elmer Trevenen, Nov. 19, 1931. 

Children: 

Robert Ray Trevenen, bom March 30, 1931 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. (Adopted in 1948 by Samuel Elmer 
Trevenen, his blood name being McCain.) Baptized July 
27, 1941 and endowed Sept. 17, 1966. Married Aug. 28, 
1950 to Joanne Gore. 

Deborah Trevenen (twin), July 12, 1932 in Roseburg 


Oregon. Baptized July 27, 1941. Married Aug. 2, 1950 to 
Robert C. Bartlette. 

Delores Trevenen (twin) born July 12, 1932 in 
Roseburg, Oregon. Baptized July 27, 1941. Married Jan. 
18, 1951 to James Elverton Solace. 

Flora Jean Trevenen, bom June 7, 1939 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Married Jan. 31, 1958 to Melvin Donald 
Sullivan. 

Thomas Elmer Trevenen III, born July 2, 1943 at 
Hayden, Moffat, Colorado. Married Oct. 8, 1966 to 
Claudia Ann Edmonds. 

On Oct. 9, 1910, in the forenoon of a nice fall day, Dr. 
Martin delivered a baby girl to William Ashby and Estella 
Woodruff Murray. Such a disappointment. I should have 
been a boy. 

The Murray family was an extremely happy family so 
naturally I was a happy child. When I was 21 months old 
my mother died very suddenly; my sister Clara was eight 
months old and physically not the strong baby that I had 
been. My dear grandmother (Mary Ashby) moved into 
our home, Clara became so dear to her heart but it didn't 
bother me any because I was Dad’s girl. 

Grandmother had so many responsibilities caring for 
us children. Nellie, our oldest sister, had lost her eyesight. 
Brother Clarence had leakage of the heart and 
rheumatism. He spent many days in bed and he cried a lot 
for his Aunt Estella. Bessie was a happy mischievious 
child, so lovable and jolly and quite pretty. Little Beatrice 
never caused any ripples but rough me was always in the 
way, so Dad took me with him. Most places he went I was 
perched on the wagon seat or holding on to his belt behind 
the saddle, at the age of two I was riding along side of Dad 
on my own horse, old Dutch. Old Poker, my Dad’s small 
dog was much in my company when we were out driving 
livestock, he was valued as much as any hired man. 

Dad remarried. Grandmother took Clara and moved 
back to her own home. I joined them before I started to 
school at Maeser. So often at evening time Grandmother 
would sit on the porch with us and enjoyed the twilight but 
in winter time a piece of wood was placed on the fire and 
we would sit around the stove and watch the glowing 
embers, and Grandmother would tell us stories about 
England and her early days in America. Clara and I never 
tired of these stories. It was a happy time in my life. 

Grandmother died when I was eleven years old, Sister 
Nellie came and cared for us, and sent us to school. I 
finished grade school, I stayed in town and worked for my 
board and finished High School. I was quite on my own. 

While staying with my sister Bessie in Craig Colorado, 

I met Elmer Trevenen. We were married November 19th, 
1931 and began our lives together in tas Vegas where 
Elmer worked on the Boulder Dam. He was gased in one 
of the partials. The doctor advised salt air so we moved to 
Maliban Park. When Elmer recovered we made our way 
north to Douglas County Oregon, even though the 
depression was well upon the country, we did well and 
even saved a few gold pieces. It was here that our twins 
were born. They were premature and so tiny the Doctor 
feared for their lives. I too was so very ill and weak. Elmer 
was so patient and took such good care of me and the 


250 




babies as well as caring for Bobby. At this time, my sister 
Bessie died and it was a great blow to me. 

We were both homesick so we moved back to Utah 
and from there back to Craig. We arrived in Craig just in 
time to help organize a new branch of the Mormon 
Church and to help build a new chapel. As second 
counselor I was a member of the first Relief Society 
Presidency in Craig. Many of the first meetings of the 
church were held in our home. 

We have a family of five children, Robert Ray 
Trevenen, a son by my first marriage and adopted by 
Elmer, Deborah, born July 12, 1932, Delores, bom July 12, 
1932, Flora Jean, June 7, 1939, and Thomas Elmer, bom 
July 2, 1943. 



Robert Ray and Joan Gore Trevenen 


ROBERT RAY TREVENEN 

Robert Ray Trevenen, bom March 30, 1931 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Baptized July 27, 1941, endowed Sept. 
17, 1966, and sealed Sept. 17, 1966 MT. Married Aug. 28, 
1950. Father, Samuel Elmer Trevenen, and mother, 
Virginia Murray. 

Wife, Joanne Gore, born July 2, 1933 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Baptized Feb. 4, 1956, endowed Sept. 
17, 1966 and sealed Sept. 17, 1966 MT. Father, William 
Crawford Gore, and mother. Merle McKee. 

Children: 

Robert Rae Trevenen, bom Sept. 12, 1951 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Baptized Dec. 5, 1959, endowed Dec. 7, 
1971 SL, and sealed to parents Sept. 17, 1966, MT. 
Married Aug. 22, 1973 to Pamela Wengreen. 

Kathleen Trevenen, bom June 17, 1954 in Casper, 
Natrona, Wyoming. Baptized Aug. 3, 1963, sealed to 
parents Sept. 17, 1966, MT. Married Sept. 8, 1972 to 
Charles Gleen Warner. 

Samuel Elmer Trevenen, born June 23, 1955 in 
Casper, Natrona, Wyoming. Baptized Aug. 3, 1963, en¬ 
dowed May 27, 1977, and sealed to parents Sept. 17, 1966 
MT. Married May 22, 1976 to Glenda Brown. 

Thomas Wesley Trevenen, bora Sept. 1, 1957 in 
Craig, Moffat, Colorado. Baptized Sept. 4, 1965, sealed to 
parents Sept. 17, 1966, MT. 



Thomas Wesley Trevenen: shaking hands with Gordon B. 
Hinkley, General Authority of LDS Church 


ROBERT RAE TREVENEN 

Robert Rae Trevenen, bom Sept. 12, 1951 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Baptized Dec. 5, 1959, endowed Nov. 
21, 1971, SL. Sealed Aug. 22, 1973 MT. Married Aug. 22, 
1973 in Manti, Sanpete, Utah. Father, Robert Rae 
Trevenen, and mother, Joanne Gore. 

Wife, Pamela Wengreen, bom Oct. 12, 1952 in Provo, 
Utah, Utah. Baptized, Nov. 5, 1960, endowed Aug. 22, 
1973, SL. Father, Earl Wayne Wengreen, and mother, 
Joanne Lerwill. 

Children: 

Thayne Robert Trevenen, born Aug. 4, 1974 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado, BIC. 


Rachel Trevenen, bom Feb. 12, 1976, Provo, Utah, 
Utah, BIC. 



Robert Rae and Pamela Wengreen Trevenen and c. Udren 
Thayne, Robert and Rachel. 


251 





Charles Glenn Warner and Kathleen Trevenen Warner and 
son Joshua. 


CHARLES GLENN WARNER 

Charles Glenn Warner, born Feb. 25, 1950 in Hayden, 
Routt, Colorado. Married Sept. 8, 1972 in Junction City, 
Geary, Kansas. Father, James Samuel Warner, and 
mother, Rose Murphy. 

Wife, Kathleen Trevenen, born June 16, 1954. 
Baptized Aug. 3, 1963. Father, Robert Ray Trevenen, and 
mother, Joanne Gore. 

Children: Joshua Wayne Warner, Born Jan. 4, 1974 in 
Fort Carson, El Paso, Colorado. 

SAMUEL ELMER TREVENEN 

Samuel Elmer Trevenen, born June 22, 1955 in 
Casper, Natrona, Wyoming. Married May 22, 1976 in 
Craig, Moffat, Colorado. Father, Robert Ray Trevenen, 
and mother, Joanne Gore. 

Wife, Glenda Brown. 

Children: Melissa Jo Trevenen, bora June 20, 1977 in 
Provo, Utah, Utah. 

ROBERT C. BARTLETTE 

Robert C. Bartlette, born March 1, 1930 in Tridell, 
Uintah, Utah. Married Aug. 2, 1950 in Craig, Moffat, 
Colorado. Father, George W. Bartlette, and mother, 
Lorraine Bartlette. 

Wife, Deborah Trevenen, born July 12, 1932 in 
Roseburg, Douglas, Oregon. Father, Samuel Elmer 


Trevenen, and mother, Virginia Murray. 

Children: 

David Trevenen Bartlette, bom Jan. 18, 1952 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Married Jan. 19, 1974 to Alice M. Flood 

Brice Richard Bartlette, born Sept. 7, 1953 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Married Sept. 20, 1974 to Betty Flood. 

Sherri Ann Bartlette, born July 17, 1954 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado and married Aug. 1, 1975 to Kevin L. 
Bennett. 

JAMES ELVERTON SOLACE 

James Elverton Solace, born May 3, 1929 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Married June 18, 1951 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Father, Morgan Alva Solace, and ipother, 
Gladys Marie Steele. 

Wife, Delores Trevenen, bom July 12, 1932 in 
Roseburg, Douglas, Oregon. Baptized July 27, 1941. 
Father, Samuel Elmer Trevenen, and mother, Virginia 
Murray. 

Children, Barbara Jean Solace, born Aug. 20, 1951 in 
Hayden, Routt, Colorado. Married Oct. 31, 1970 to 
Reuben C. Becerra. 

James Henry Solace, bom Dec. 29, 1952 in Camp 
Atterburg, Indiana. 

Janet Marie Solace, bom Apr. 21, 1954 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. 

Judith Ann Solace, born June 22, 1955 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. Married May 15, 1976 to Vern Barnes. 

REUBEN C. BECERRA 

Reuben C. Becerra, bom Aug. 12, 1945 in Puebla, 
Puebla, Mexico. Married Oct. 31, 1970 in Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah. 

Wife, Barbara Jean Solace, born Aug. 20, 1951 in 
Hayden, Routt, Colorado. Father, James Elverton Solace, 
and mother, Delores Trevenen. 

Children: 

Reuben Alfonzo Becerra, born March 18, 1971 in Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. 

Jose Louis Becerra, bom Jan. 4, 1973 in Mexico. 

MELVIN DONALD SULLIVAN 

Melvin Donald Sullivan, bom Nov. 9, 1932 in South 
Fork of the Williams Fork, Routt, Colorado. Married Jan. 
31, 1958 in Maybell, Rio Blanco, Colorado. Father, 
Patrick Brendon Sullivan, and mother, Mary Rebecca 
Elizabeth Marshell. 

Wife, Flora Jean Trevenen, born June 7, 1939 in 
Craig, Moffat, Colorado. Father, Samuel Elmer Trevenen, 
and mother, Virginia Murray. 

Children: 

Melton Donald Sullivan, born July 23, 1958 in 
Hayden, Routt, Colorado. 

Maureen Dawn Sullivan, bom Sept. 18, 1963 in 
Montrose, Montrose, Colorado. 

Murray Hughes Sullivan, born Dec. 15, 1965 in 
Montrose, Monrose, Colorado. 


252 








Thomas Elmer and Claudia Ann Edmonds Trevenen and son. 
THOMAS ELMER TREVENEN 


Thomas Elmer Trevenen, bom July 2, 1943 in 
Hayden, Routt, Colorado. Married Oct. 8, 1966, in Grand 
Junction, Mesa, Colorado. Father, Samuel Elmer 
Trevenen, mother, Virginia Murray. 

Wife, Claudia Ann Edmonds, bom Oct. 30, 1942 in 
Ft. Collins, Larimer, Colorado. Father, Claude Edmonds, 
mother, Sarah. 

Children: 

Jeffery Scott Trevenen, born Sept. 28, 1964 in Grand 
Junction, Mesa, Colorado. 

Clayton Jay Trevenen, bom Feb. 7, 1970 in Craig, 
Moffat, Colorado. 

ARCHIE DEE JENKINS 

Archie Dee Jenkins, bom Feb. 16, 1911, Roosevelt, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 4, 1920, endowed Dec. 7, 
1931, and sealed Dec. 7,1931 SL. Married Sept. 28, 1931 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father, Samuel Archie Jenkins, and 
mother, Tena Lucretia McCurdy. 

Wife, Clara Margaret Murray, bom July 9, 1912 in 
Vernal, Uinta, Utah. Baptized Sept. 4, 1920, endowed, 
Dec. 7, 1931, and sealed Dec. 7, 1931 SL. Father, William 
Ashby Murray, mother, Emma Estella Woodruff. 

Children: 

Estella Jenkins, bom April 26, 1932 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized May 4, 1940, and endowed July 29, 1954, 
BIC. Married Oct. 12, 1951, to Loran S. Richins. 

Karl Dee Jenkins, bom July 8, 1936 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized May 4, 1940, and endowed July 29, 1954, 
BIC. Married Aug. 26, 1959 to Jacquline Ann Weiler. 

Clara Elaine Jenkins, born Jan. 7, 1941 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 6, 1949, endowed June 3, 
1966, BIC. Married, June 3, 1966 to David Keith Roberts. 



Dee and Clara Murray Jenkins, children William Cody, Elaine, 
Estella, Karl Dee. 


Cody William Jenkins, bom July 28, 1944 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized, Sept. 6, 1952, endowed July 10, 
1975, BIC. Married April 6, 1968 to Gail Smith. 

CLARA MARGARET MURRAY JENKINS 

I, Clara Margaret Murray, was bom July 9, 1912, at 
home on the old Murray farmstead in Maeser to William 
Ashby Murray, and Emma Estella Woodruff, a grand¬ 
daughter of President Willford Woodruff. Married Archie 
Dee Jenkins September 28, 1931. Our marriage was later 
solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. We have four 
children, Estella (special education teacher), Karl Dee 
(engineer for Hughs Tool), Elaine (teacher - secondary 
and elementary), Cody (stockman farmer and school 
teacher). 

We graduated in 1931, Dee and I had come up 
through the grades together. I am a member of the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have been active in 
the auxiliaries serving in nearly every capacity. 

In 1948 we purchased and made our home on the old 
Murray farmstead. I have enjoyed my life as a farmer’s 
wife and the privilege of raising our family in the same 
lovely surroundings that my father grew up in, which had 
been hewn out of a wilderness by my grandparents. 

I received an award for meritorious service as a 4-H 
leader. I served as a leader for fourteen years. I also 
served on the State 4-H Council for several years. At 
present I am a member of Uintah County Hospital Board. 

I have been blessed with many great pioneer an¬ 
cestors and I will be forever grateful for their sacrifice and 
for the rich and noble heritage that they have passed on to 
their posterity. 


LORN S. RICHINS 

Lorn S. Richins, born Jan. 1, 1932 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized Sept. 1, 1940, endowed July 29, 1954, and 
sealed July 29, 1954 in Logan. Married Oct. 12, 1951 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father, Orson Lynn Richins, and 
mother, Nellie Elnora Starkie. 


253 





ESTELLA JENKINS RICHINS 




Lorn and Estella J. Richins, Ronald and Annette. 


Estella Jenkins, born April 26, 1932 in Vernal, Utah, 
Dee Jenkins and Clara Margaret Murray 
Estella attended the Maeser Elementary School 
graduated from the Uintah High School and received 
B.S. degree from Utah State University. 

Estella married Lorn S. Richins Oct. 12, 1951 in 
marriage was solemnized July 29, 1954 
Logan Temple. 


Ronald “L” and wife Joy Manwell Richins, sons Wesley and 
Wade. 


William B. Parslow and Annette Richins, Married July 3,1980. 


Wife, Estella Jenkins, born April 26, 1932. Baptized 
May 4, 1940, endowed July 29, 1954, and sealed July 29, 
1954 in Logan. Father, Archie Dee Jenkins, mother, Clara 
Margaret Murray. 

Children: 

Ronald L. Richins, born July 22, 1955 in Porstmouth, 
Norfolk, Virginia. Baptized Aug. 31, 1963, BIC. Married 
June 14, 1975 to Joy Ruth Maxwell. 

Annette Richins, born May 10, 1961 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized, Sept. 6, 1969, BIC. 


RONALD L. RICHINS 

Ronald L. Richins, born July 22, 1955 in Portsmouth 
Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia. Baptized 
Oct. 28, 1962. Married June 14, 1975 in Wanship, Summit, 
Utah. Father, Lorn S. Richins, and mother Estella Jenkins. 

Wife, Joy Ruth Maxwell, born Oct. 1, 1954 in Murray, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Aug. 31, 1963. Father, John 
Howard Maxwell, mother, Ruth May Gibbons. 

Children: 

Wesley John Richins, born April 21, 1976 in Rock 
Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming. 

Wade Lorn Richins, born June 6, 1977 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. 

Ronald L. Richins was bom July 22, 1955 in Port¬ 
smouth Virginia, where his parents, Lorn S. Richins and 
Estella Jenkins Richins were stationed during the Korean 
Wak 

Ronald attended elementary school at Maeser and 
Ashley, graduated from the Uintah High School and from 
Provo Trade Technical College. 

June 14, 1975, he married Joy Ruth Maxwell, from 
Wanship, Utah. 

Ronald is presently employed as a diesel mechanic 
for Cunnins Intermountain. 


254 







Karl Dee Jenkins family: Michael, Karl Dee, Jackie, David 
and (standing in front) Ryan. 


KARL DEE JENKINS 

Karl Dee Jenkins, bom July 8, 1936 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized Sept. 30, 1944. Endowed June 9, 1977, and 
sealed June 9, 1977. Married Aug. 26, 1959 in Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake Utah. Father, Archie Dee Jenkins, and 
mother, Clara Margaret Murray. 

Wife, Jacquline Ann Weiler. Born, Jan. 7, 1937 in Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Endowed June 9, 1977, and 
sealed June 9, 1977. Father, Jacob Weiler, and mother, 
Lillie May Femstron. 

Children: 

David Karl Jenkins, Bom Oct. 17, 1962 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Sealed June 9, 1977. 

Michael Weiler Jenkins, bom Aug. 16, 1965 in 
Farmington, S-Jn, New Mexico. Sealed June 9, 1977. 

Ryan Jenkins, bom in Houston, Harris, Texas, BIC. 

Karl Dee Jenkins, son of Archie Dee Jenkins and 
Clara Murray Jenkins, was bom July 8, 1936 in Vernal, 
Utah. 

Karl received his education at Maeser Elementary 
and Uintah High School, both in Vernal, Utah, and is a 
civil engineering graduate of Utah State University. 

Married Jacquline Ann Weiler, Aug. 26, 1959 in Salt 
Lake City. Their marriage was solemnized June 9, 1977, in 
the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They have three sons, David 
Karl Jenkins, bora Oct. 17, 1962 in Vernal, Utah, Michal 
Weiler Jenkins, bom Aug. 16, 1965 in Farmington, New 
Mexico and Ryan Jenkins, born Nov. 18, 1977 in Houston 
Texas. 

After graduating from college, Karl D. immediately 
began working with the big hole drilling. When he joined 
Hughs in 1964 he worked with the design, production and 
application of tunneling machines of the up to 20 feet in 
diameter, and helped in the development of the Hughes 
CSD. For the past ten years he has been involved in the 
sales and production management for the complete 
Hughes drilling equipment line. He is a member of the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and also a 
member of AIME and is active in both civic and church 
work. 



David Keith Roberts family, Front: Tobin, Elaine. Travis: 
Back. Todd. Troy, Keith and Deah 


DAVID KEITH ROBERTS 

David Keith Roberts, bom Sept. 12, 1942 in Midvale, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Jan. 21, 1951, endowed 
June 3, 1966, and sealed June 3, 1966, SL. Married June 3, 
1966, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Father, David 
Able Roberts, and mother, Ruby Hancock. 

Wife, Clara Elaine Jenkins, born Jan. 7, 1942 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Aug. 6, 1949, endowed 
June 3, 1966, and sealed June 3, 1966, SL. Father, Archie 
Dee Jenkins, and mother, Clara Margaret Murray. 

Children: 

Troy Keith Roberts, born Aug. 21, 1968 in Murray, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Sept. 4, 1976, BIC. 

Todd Keith Roberts, born Aug. 5, 1971, Murray, Salt 
Lake, Utah, BIC. 

Deah Roberts, bom April 26, 1974 in Roosevelt, 
Duchesne, Utah, BIC. 

Travis Keith Roberts, born, Sept. 16, 1975 in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah, BIC. 

Tobin Keith Roberts, born Sept. 22, 1977 in 
Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah, BIC. 

ELAINE JENKINS ROBERTS 

Elaine Jenkins Roberts, was bom to Archie Dee 
Jenkins and Clara Margaret Murray, January 7, 1941. 

I attended Maeser Elementary School and graduated 
from Uintah High School in 1959. I received my 
Bachelor’s Degree from the Brigham Young University. 

I married David Keith Roberts from Roosevelt, Utah 
June 3, 1966, our marriage was performed in the Salt Lake 
Temple. 

We have five children, Troy Keith, Rodd Keith, Deah 
Mamie, Travis Keith, and Tobin Keith Roberts. 

I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of 
Jesus Christ and am a member of the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

These are a few of the things that I love dearly, my 
husband, my children, my parents, church, country and 
friends. 


255 





Gail and Cody Jenkins, Rhe'.t. Kevin and Delene 


1975, and sealed July 10, 1975, PV. Married April 6, 1968, 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Father, Archie Dee Jenkins, and 
mother Clara Margaret Murray. 

Wife, Gail Smith, born Feb. 14, 1954, endowed July 
10, 1975, and sealed July 10, 1975. Father, Marvin Fowles 
Smith, and mother, Blanche Maralea Seeley. 

Children: 

Delene Jenkins, born Dec. 31, 1970 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Sealed to parents July 10, 1975 PV. 

Kevin Cody Jenkins, born Jan. 1, 1973 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, Sealed to parents July 10, 1975 PV. 

Rhett Marvin Jenkins, Bom May 22, 1975, in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah, Sealed to parents July 10, 1975 PV. 

Cody William Jenkins, son of Archie Dee Jenkins and 
Clara Murray Jenkins was bom July 28, 1944, in Vernal, 
Utah. 

Attended the Maeser Elementary and Uintah High 
School in Vernal and received a B.S. from the Utah State 
University at Logan Utah. 

Married Gail Smith, April 6, 1968, in Vernal, Utah, 
and their marriage was solemnized in the Provo LDS 
Temple on July 10, 1975. 

Cody teaches school and operates a small farming 
business in Maeser Ward where he lives. 


William Ashby and Elizabeth Hughes Murray’s family, left 
William George Hughes a son, right Chester Reed a son, back row 
Miles Hall a son in law, Buelah, Ben Mondragon a son in law, 

WILLIAM ASHBY MURRAY 

William Ashby Murray, born June 23, 1882 in Sapnish 
Fork, Utah, Utah. Baptized June 16, 1966, endowed Jan. 3, 
1967 and sealed Feb. 25, 1970, SL. Married March 21, 1914 

256 


Winona, Harold Apianalp a son in law, front row Corena Mon- 
dragon Smith a granddaughter, Leatha Mae, William Ashby, 
Elizabeth. LaRena, Berney a grandson. 

in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Died Jan. 4, 1959 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Buried Jan. 7, 1959 in Maeser Fairview 
Cemetery. Father, Jeremiah Hatch Murray, and mother, 
Mary Ashby. 

Other wives (1) Oct. 19, 1901, Beatrice Manellie 


CODY WILLIAM JENKINS 


Cody William Jenkins, bom July 28, 1944 inVernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1952, endowed July 10, 






Howarth (2) Nov. 9, 1909, Emma Estella Woodruff. 

Wife (3) Emma Elizabeth Hughes, born Oct. 11, 1894 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized, Oct. 11, 1902, endowed 
June 27, 1969, and sealed Feb. 25, 1970, SL. Died, Aug. 21, 
1946 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Buried in Vernal 
Memorial Park Cemetery. Father, George Stanifer 
Hughes, and mother, Julia Elizabeth Hullinger. 

Children: 

Winona Murray, born Feb. 13, 1915 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized March 3, 1923, and endowed Nov. 
10, 1961. Married Dec. 23, 1932 (1) Benabe Mondragon (2) 
Feb. 13, 1965, Elwin Joseph Nuffer (div) and (3) Karl 
Olsen. 

William George Hughes Murray, born April 12, 1916 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1924. Married 
(1) Audrey Mathis 1938 (2) July 4, 1948 to Verena Bawden. 

Beulah Murray, bom Nov. 4, 1919 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized Nov. 4, 1927 and married June 30, 1939 to 
Miles Hall. 

Chester Reed Murray, born Sept. 6, 1921 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Oct. 5, 1929, endowed May 20, 
1957. Married (1) Dec. 25, 1946, (div) MaRae McCarrel (2) 
Feb. 3, 1956 NaDean Pearl Johnson. 

Leatha Mae Murray, bom April 6, 1924 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized April 23, 1932. Married William 
Ford Dean. 

LaRena Murray, bom March 30, 1926 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized May 28, 1934. Married July 12, 
1944 to Harold A. Abplanalp. 

WINONA MURRAY 

Winona Murray, bom Feb. 13, 1915 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized March 3, 1923, endowed Nov. 10, 
1961 and sealed Nov. 10, 1961. Father William Ashby 
Murray, mother, Emma Elizabeth Hughes. Other 
husbands (2) Feb. 13, 1965, Elwin Joseph Nuffer (div) (3) 
Karl Olsen. 

Husband, (1), Benabe Mondragon, born June 8, 1908 
in Ranchos of Taos, Taos, New Mexico. Baptized June 30, 
1956, endowed Nov. 10, 1961 and sealed Nov. 10, 1961 SL. 

Children: 

Bemey Murray Mondragon, born Aug. 18, 1933 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized, Sept. 6, 1941, endowed 
Jan. 7, 1965. Married May 15, 1953 to Colleen Madsen. 

Corena Elizabeth Mondragon, born Dec. 27, 1934. 
Baptized May 1, 1943, endowed Aug. 27, 1967. Married 
Sept. 8, 1954 to Johnny Rex Smith. 

BERNEY MURRAY MONDRAGON 

Bemey Murray Mondragon, born, bom Aug. 18, 1933 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1941, endowed 
Jan. 7, 1965, and sealed Jan. 7, 1965. Married May 15, 1953 
in Kingman, Mohave, Arizona. Father, Bemabe Mon- 
dragon, and mother, Winona Murray. 

Wife, Colleen Madsen, born May 5, 1936 in Provo, 
Utah, Utah. Baptized ?, and endowed, Jan. 7, 1965. Father, 
Gamer Madsen, and mother, Dorothy Bradley. 

Children: 



Back row. Colleen Madsen Mondragon, Scott Ben Mondragon, 
Branden Scott Mondragon, Bemey Murray Mondragon. Front 
row. Tamie Lynn Chistensen Mondragon, Jill and Julie Mon¬ 
dragon, Roslyn Boggess Mondragon. 

Jon Bradley Mondragon, bom Feb. 22, 1955 in Provo, 
Utah, Utah. Baptized March 30, 1963, endowed Nov. 19, 
1976 and sealed to parents Jan. 7, 1965. Married Nov. 19, 
1976 to Tami Christensen. 

Scott Ben Mondragon, bom Aug. 19, 1956 in Grand 
Junction, Mesa, Colorado. Baptized Sept. 5, 1964 and 
sealed to parents Jan. 7, 1965. 

Julie Mondragon, bom April 2,1967 in Salt Lake City, 
Utah, BIC. 



Corene Mondragon Smith and son Paul Smith. 


JOHNNY REX SMITH 

Johnny Rex Smith, born Dec. 21, 1931 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized July 31, 1965 and endowed Aug. 
25, 1967. Sealed Aug. 25, 1967. Married Sept. 8, 1954 in 
Elko, Nevada. Died Jan. 3, 1974 in Murray, Salt Lake, 
Utah. Buried Jan. 7, 1974 in Murray, Utah. Father, Em- 
brose Vernon Smith, and mother Lynna Bell Rasmussen. 

Wife, Corena Elizabeth Mondragon, bom Dec. 27, 
1934. Baptized May 1, 1943, endowed Aug. 25, 1967, and 
sealed Aug. 25, 1967. Father, Ben Mondragon, and 
mother, Winona Murray. 


257 







Children: 

Susan Alana Smith, born July 4, 1955 in Tooele, 
Tooele, Utah. Baptized July 25, 1963, sealed to parents, 
Aug. 25, 1967. Married Lorin Holmes. 

Paul John Smith, bom Jan. 31, 1962 in Ft. Leonard- 
wood, Plsky, Missouri. Sealed to parents Aug. 25, 1967. 

Janet Lucille Stevenson, born Nov. 22, 1946, St. 
Louis, St. Lo., Missouri. Baptized Dec. 19, 1969, endowed 
Dec. 1, 1970 and sealed to parents, Dec. 1, 1970. Married 
March 10, 1972 to William G. Gromes Jr. 

The Johnny Rex (Jack) Smith family was begun with 
his marriage to Corena Elizabeth Mondragon, September 
8, 1954, in Elko, Nevada. Jack, the son of Lynna Bell 
Rasmussen and Embrose Vernon Smith, was bom 
December 21, 1931 in Vernal, Utah. Corena was also bom 
in Vernal, December 27, 1934 and is the daughter of 
Winona Murray and Ben Mondragon. 

Jack and Corena had two children while they were 
world traveling with the U.S. Army. These children are 
Susan Alana, bom July 4, 1955 in Tooele, Utah and Paul 
John Smith, bom January 31, 1962 at Ft. Leonardwood, 
Missouri. While they lived in Missouri Janet Lucille 
Stevenson was invited to live with them. She snuggled into 
the Smith family so well that she was adopted and sealed 
to this couple. Janet was bom Nov. 22, 1946 in St. Louis, 
Missouri. 

Corena was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints when she married. She was baptized 
May 1, 1943. Jack became a member of the same church 
with his baptism July 31, 1965. He took his family to the 
temple to be sealed for time and all eternity on August 25, 
1967. Janet was sealed to them December 1,1970. 

Jack took his family to Europe on Army assignments, 
survived a tour of duty in the Korean conflict and two 
tours of duty in Vietnam. He served twenty years in the 
army and retired as a Sgt. Major He died of a heart attack 
January 3, 1974 at Murray, Utah. 

While life goes on here, Jack is up there hand picking 
grandchildren to join his family group. Susan married 
Lorin Holmes and resides in Vernal where they are raising 
Brooke, age 4, and Felicia, age 10 months. Janet married 
William G. Grimes, Jr., and they are rearing Laurel, age 6 
and William (Billy) Smith Grimes, age 3. The Grimes 
family reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Corena and her son, Paul, continue to reside at 330 
East and 6340 So. in Murray, Utah. Paul is finishing his 
senior year in high school where he is an honor student 
and active in football and wrestling. He holds the Eagle 
rank in Scouting. His mother is president of the ward 
young women and works for a local physician. 

Jan. 1980 

WILLIAM G. GRIMES 

On March 10, 1972, William Gerald Grimes, Jr., and 
L Janet Lucille Stevenson, took our wedding vows and 
were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake 
Temple. For us it was a very special day and we were able 
to share it with our family and a few very close friends. We 
celebrated with a small reception in my family’s ward. 



Janet Lucille Stevens and William G. Grimes Jr., Laurel 
Elizabeth, and William Smith Grimes. 


Since Bill and I knew so few people, those attending were 
members of the ward and some very close family friends. 
Bill was just back from South Viet Nam and had not many 
friends in Utah as yet, except for one, his best man who 
was a resident of Ogden, Utah, and had been his best 
friend while in the army and stationed at Ft. Leonard 
Wood, Mo. 

Our first home was a small apartment in the Holladay 
area of Salt Lake City. I worked at a local wig shop while 
Bill took classes at Utah Technical College. We became 
members of the Winder Eighth Ward in the Winder Stake, 
a very old stake in the valley. We were quickly given 
positions in the ward and began friendships which we still 
enjoy today, eight years later, as we are still members of 
the same ward. 

On May 31, 1973, our first child was bom. She was a 
bundle of pink except for a head of dark hair. She was 
given her grandmother’s name and a name that I had 
loved for years. Laurel Elizabeth Grimes, now 6 ‘/j years 
old and is in first grade at William Penn Elementary 
School. 

As our family was beginning to grow we decided to 
buy a home and take up permanent residence. We bought 
our home in Feb. 1975 and the move was only two blocks 
south of our first apartment. 

On Nov. 27, 1976, our second child, a boy, was born. 
He was a Bicentennial baby. He was given his father's first 


258 










name and carries the last name of his grandfather, whom 
he knew in heaven. He is called William Smith Grimes and 
is now three years old. One of his very favorite people is 
his uncle, Paul John Smith, who still calls Billy by his 
nickname — Boo. 

We continue to work in the Church and receive many 
blessings through our callings. Bill is the stake athletic 
director and I was recently called as a counselor in the 
Relief Society. Our life here in the Salt Lake Valley is a 
very happy one, even though we continue to dream of 
moving back to Missouri where Bill and I were born and 
spent many years growing up. 

The love and companionship we share with my 
mother, Corena, and my brother, P$ul, knows no limits. 
And the visits we make to Vernal, tJtah to see my sister, 
Susan, and her family are always a loving and enjoyable 
experience. 

At this time Bill is working for a small independent 
chemical company and I continue to hold the position of 
wife and mother, staying in the home. 

WILLIAM GEORGE HUGHES MURRAY 

William George Hughes Murray, bom April 12, 1916 
in Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Baptized Sept. 6, 1924, and 
endowed June 24, 1971 IF. Married 1938. Father, William 
Ashby Murray, and mother, Emma Elizabeth Hughes. 
Other wives (2) July 4, 1948, Verena Bawden. 

Wife (1) Audrey Mathis, born Sept. 9, 1921. Baptized 
Sept. 7, 1924. Father, Thomas Mathis, mother. Pearl 
Barnes. 

Children: 

William Dean Murray, born June 24, 1939 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Feb. 5, 1955. Married Sept. 12, 
1960 to Eunice Arlene Howard. 

Melvin Murray, bom Oct. 14, 1941 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Baptized Dec. 9, 1953. Married Nov. 14, 1961 to 
Connie Gay Redmond. 

Wife: (2) Verena Bawden, bom Aug. 9, 1916 in 
Granger, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Sept. 7, 1924, en¬ 
dowed March 31, 1937, and sealed June 24, 1971 IF. 
Father, Charles Lambert Bawden, and mother, Ethel 
Druce Lambert. 

Children: 

Douglas Lynn Murray, born March 23, 1949 In Salt 
Lake, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Aug. 6, 1957 and en¬ 
dowed Sept. 27, 1968, SL. Sealed June 24, 1971 IF (to 
parents). Married June 24, 1971 to Linita Nolt. 

Susan Murray, bom Oct. 19, 1950 in Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Nov. 29, 1958, endowed Oct. 17, 
1972 PV, and sealed to parents Oct. 17, 1972 PV. Married 
June 19, 1976 to Greg Hedquist. 

DOUGLAS LYNN MURRAY 

Douglas Lynn Murray, bom March 23, 1949 in Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized April 6, 1957, en¬ 
dowed Sept. 27, 1968, and sealed June 24, 1971. Married 
June 24, 1971 in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho. Father, 
William George Hughes Murray, and mother, Verena 



Douglas Lynn and Lin Ita Murray, children, Alisha, Alexander 
lan, and Vanessa. 


Bawden. 

Wife, Linita Nolt, bom Sept. 15, 1951 in Wooster, 
Wayne, Ohio. Baptized Nov. 7, 1969, endowed June 24, f 
1971, and sealed June 24, 1971. 

Children: 

Alisha Murray, bom March 22, 1972, Albuquerque, 
Bemlo, N.M. BIC. 

Alexander Ian Murray, bom Feb. 6, 1975 in RAF 
Lakenheath, Suffolk, England, BIC. 

Vanessa Murray, born Dec. 26, 1977, in Denver, 
Denver, Colorado, BIC. 

The Douglas Lynn Murray family began when Doug 
returned from his mission to the Southern States in 
September 1970. His sister, Susan, was attending college 
and brought her roommate, Lin Nolt of Tacoma, 
Washington, home with her the weekend after Doug 
returned. Doug and Lin hit if off immediately and soon 
began dating off and on. 


259 





Soon after Doug’s return he received an Army in¬ 
duction notice and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Air 
Force. While he was stationed in Denver he and Lin 
agreed to marry and were sealed in the Idaho Falls 
Temple in June of 1971. They set up house in Denver and 
lived there until December 1971. For the next year they 
lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico where Doug was 
stationed. In March of 1971 Alisha was born. 

In December 1971 they moved to England and lived 
near Cambridge in East Anglia. The next 3‘A years were 
the most enjoyable they had ever experienced. They were 
active in ward and stake jobs but found time to tour most 
of England and Scotland. During one of their trips to 
Scotland they spent a lot of time around Melrose, Rox¬ 
burghshire, the birthplace of Jeremiah’s father, John 
Murray. They also discovered Crosslee Farm in Stow 
where David Murray, John’s grandfather, lived before he 
moved to Melrose. The rest of Scotland was toured that 
and succeeding summers. 

It was the glory of Scotland that inspired Doug to 
write the biography of John Murray. John's history was the 
beginning of the Murray’s in America and copies are 
available through the Jeremiah Hatch Murray Family 
Organization. 

During their time in England Alexander Ian was bom. 
This was in February 1975. He was given Scottish 
forenames to match his Scottish last name to always 
remind him of his roots and the great heritage he bears. 

They came back to America in the spring of 1976 and 
lived in Denver until the summer of 1978. Their second 
daughter, Vanessa, was born there in December 1977. 
While in Denver Doug finished his Bachelor’s degree in 
Psychology and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. 
Air Force. 

Their next assignment, and current one, was to 
Tucson, Arizona. Here Doug earned his Master’s degree 
in Psychology, Counseling and Guidance and is on his way 
to a promising career as an Air Force officer. Lin is a 
home maker who also teaches private clarinet and guitar 
lessons. Alisha is in second grade and in the top of her 
class in reading and arithmetic. Alex and Vanessa are both 
anxiously awaiting school. All of the family members are 
active members of the Tucson Ninth Ward, Tucson 
Arizona East Stake. 

GREGORY L. HEDQUIST 

Gregory L. Hedquist, born April 6, 1952 in Provo, 
Utah, Utah. Baptized April 13, 1960, endowed Aug. 18, 
1972, and sealed July 18, 1976 LG. Married June 18, 1976 
in Logan, Cache, Utah. Father, Albert Keith Hedquist, 
and mother, Renee Lewis. 

Wife, Susan Murray, bom Oct. 19, 1950 in Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah. Baptized Nov. 29, 1958, and en¬ 
dowed Oct. 17, 1972. Sealed July 18, 1976 LG. Father. 
William George Hughes Murray, and mother, Verena 
Bawden. 

Children: 

Heather Annika Hedquist, born Jan. 10, 1978 in Salt 
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, BIC. 


MILES HALL 

Miles Hall, bom Nov. 25, 1915 in Vernal, Uintah, 
Utah. Married June 30, 1938 in Craig, Moffat, Colorado. 
Father, Iowa Jefferson Hall, and mother, Mindwell 
Adams. 


Wife, Beulah Murray, born Nov. 4, 1919 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Nov. 5, 1927. Father, William Ash¬ 
by Murray, and mother, Emma Elizabeth Hughes. 



Chester Jack Murray and wife NaDean Pearl Johnson. 


CHESTER JACK MURRAY 

Chester Jack Murray, bom Sept.6 , 1921 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Oct. 5, 1929, endowed May 20, 
1957, and sealed May 20, 1957. Married Feb. 3, 1956. 
Other wives: (1) Dec. 25, 1946, MaRae McCarrell. 

Wife (2) NaDean Pearl Johnson, bom Aug. 17, 1925. 
Baptized Sept. 10, 1933, endowed May 20, 1957, and 
sealed May 20, 1957. Father, John Gustaf Johnson, and 
mother Angeline Pearl Young. 

Allison Gail Murray, bom June 24, 1958 in Salt Lake 
City, Salt Lake, Utah BIC. Married Sept. 17, 1978 to 
Thomas C. Stanley. 

Chester Jack Murray, bom September 6, 1921 in 
Vernal, Utah, to William Ashby Murray and Emma 
Elizabeth Hughes. Attended Maeser Elementary School 
and graduated from Uintah High School in Vernal. At¬ 
tended Brigham Young University, before entering the 
Army during World War II, where he served for three and 
one half years in the South Pacific. After the war ended he 
returned to Vernal. Employed by J.C. Penney Co. 

He married MaRae McCarrel, daughter of Wallace 
and Lela Hatch McCarrel, December 25, 1946. One 
daughter, Pamela Jo, bom July 23, 1948 in Vernal, Utah. 
Later he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and was employed 
by Salt Lake Pipe Line Co. Divorced in 1954. 

Married NaDean P. Johnson, daughter of J. Gus and 
Angeline Young Johnson, of Provo, Utah, February 3, 


0 



1956. Later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple, May 20, 

1957. One daughter, Allison Gail, born June 24, 1958; one 
stepson, David Lynn Tanner. 

The past twenty years Chester has been self-employed 
in Real Estate, owning and operating a fishing resort on 
Strawberry reservoir in Wasatch County. Lived the past 
twenty years in Murray, Utah. 

Chester Jack Murray, born Sept. 6, 1921 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. Baptized Oct. 5, 1929, and endowed May 
20, 1957. Married Dec. 26, 1946. Father, William Ashby 
Murray, and mother, Emma Elizabeth Hughes. Other 
wives (2) Feb. 3, 1956, NaDean Pearl Johnson. 

Wife (1) MaRae McCarrell, born Apr)* 2, 1930 in 
Vernal, Uintah, Utah. Died Oct. 20, 1968 in Salt Lake City, 
Salt Lake, Utah. Father, Wallace McCarrell, and mother, 
Lela Hatch. 

Children; 

Pamela Jo Murray, born July 23, 1948 in Vernal, 
Uintah, Utah. •- 



Paul Dennis Bennion and wife Pamela Jo Murray Bennion and 
sons Casey McCarrel, Kelly Paul. 


PAUL DENNIS BENNION and 
PAMELA JO MURRAY FAMILY 

Paul Bennion was bom in Rock Springs, Wyoming on 
June 8, 1947. He was raised in Murray, Utah and 
graduated from Murray High School at the age of 18. 

Pamela Murray was born in Vernal, Utah on July 23, 
1948. Her father was Chester J. Murray and her mother 
was MaRae McCarrel. Pam was raised in Salt Lake City, 
Utah, and graduated from Hillcrest High School at the age 
of 17. 

Paul and Pam met and were married in Salt Lake City 
on June 6, 1969. Their first residence was on 3900 South 
and 3rd East in Salt Lake City. The home was rented and 
they lived there four years. In 1973 Pam and Paul bought 
an acre of land in Riverton, Utah, and built their first 
home. They moved into it on January 1,1974. 

Pam and Paul had their first child, a boy, on April 25, 


1975. His name is Casey McCarrel Bennion. He is a light¬ 
haired, handsome boy who is interested in model cars, 
boats, and sports. He enjoys fishing and camping with his 
parents and wants to learn to water ski. 

On June 8, 1977, another boy was bora to Pam and 
Paul. They named him Kelly Paul Bennion. He was born 
on his father's birthday. Kelly is an intelligent, loving boy 
who likes fishing, riding horses and playing football. 

Paul has worked in Salt Lake City for most of his life, 
and is presently employed at Great Basin GMC. Pam has 
worked most of her life in Salt Lake also, and since 1971, 
has been employed at Blue Shield of Utah, working part- 
time. She enjoys her position there as a national claims 
adjudicator. 

Pam and Paul enjoy their hobbies of fishing, trap and 
skeep shooting and boating. They spend their summers 
fishing in the Uintah Mountains, at Strawberry Reservoir 
and Lake Powell. Pam and Paul are enjoying their lives 
with each other and their children as each year they are 
able to travel more with the children and show them new 
places of interest and new things to learn and do. This 
family loves the outdoors and plans on always being in¬ 
terested in all that is around them. 

(In addition to the portrait of the Bennion family, 
Pam did the photography for the families of William 
Grimes, Thomas Stanely and Corinne and Paul Smith.) 



Allison Gail Murray and Thomas Carl Stanley. 


THOMAS CARL STANLEY 

Thomas Carl Stanley, bora Sept. 26, 1956 in Evaston, 
Cook, Illinois. Married Sept. 16, 1978 in Salt Lake City, 
Utah. 

Wife, Allison Gail Murray, bora June 24, 1958 in Salt 
Lake City, Utah. Baptized Jan. 7, 1967. Father, Chester 
Jack Murray and mother Nadean Pearl Johnson. 


261